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Blog entry by thewoodwhisperer posted 01-30-2011 05:49 PM 5094 reads 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Without a doubt, this is one of those “procrastination projects”. For years, Nicole has been after me to build her a little shelf near our gaming desk. She has a bunch of little collectibles that she wants to display and there’s simply no storage space in that corner of the room. On a monthly basis, she would remind me of this need and even resorted to threats: “You know, Lowe’s has these great shelves….” The girl certainly knows my weak points.

After building the Trestle Table, it was pretty clear that I needed to bite the bullet and build my lady a nice shelf. I had so many ideas and directions I could go with the design, but in order to keep this project confined to a weekend, I needed to simplify things greatly. Frankly, that’s one of my biggest challenges as a woodworker: not over-complicating things just because I can. So for this project, I let the wood do the talking and kept the lines simple and clean. No curves, no inlays…..just one species and solid construction techniques. I hope you’ll join me on this one and take a crack at the Weekend Wall Shelf.

NoteThe jig created in this video was originally intended for making coves at the table saw. It happens to double as a dado jig. Oddly enough, I plan on releasing plans for an updated, dado-specific jig in February. Keep an eye out for it. If you are a Guild Member, you already have access to this jig plan right now. For more information on the Guild, check this out!

Topics Covered

The “Utility Factor”
Holding Back
Cutting Dados
Making a Dual Purpose Parallelogram Jig
Routing Tips
Tapers at the Bandsaw
Bevels at the Table Saw
Bevels with a Block Plane
Screws for Reinforcement
Hanging Hardware Review
Applying Wiping Varnish

Resources

The SketchUp Plan

Need help with milling? The Jointer's Jumpin'!
WoodSmithShop Adjustable Dado Jig
Wood Magazine Exact-Width Dado Jig
Wing-Its

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Arm-R-Seal Wiping Varnish
Bearing-Guided Pattern Bits

Rockler Jig Hardware

Titebond Extend

Simple Varnish Finish DVD

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com



11 comments so far

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gbear

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#1 posted 01-30-2011 09:01 PM

Nice job Marc…useful and entertaining as always.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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widdle

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#2 posted 01-30-2011 10:38 PM

just self promotion..

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lcwood

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#3 posted 01-30-2011 10:56 PM

nice project, but the top shelf have no glue, no nails, no nothing?
just friction hold it?

I guess it can fall because the fit is not so tight

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thewoodwhisperer

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#4 posted 01-30-2011 11:38 PM

Yeah the fit is fairly tight. This is not something I would recommend for anyone with kids though. A few folks have mentioned several methods to help secure the shelf in place without glue. The one I liked the best was using good old rare earth magnets. Even at this point its not too late to add them.

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com

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RockyTopScott

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#5 posted 01-31-2011 01:22 AM

Love the vids Marc.

How did you handle the bevel cuts on the tablesaw since the board was already tapered? Did I miss something?

RTS

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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thewoodwhisperer

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#6 posted 01-31-2011 01:40 AM

Nope, you saw everything that was done. The taper on the side doesn’t affect the bevel cut in any way. Just tilt the blade and make the cut like normal.

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com

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RockyTopScott

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#7 posted 01-31-2011 01:47 AM

I see now i must have blacked out before

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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Alan

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#8 posted 01-31-2011 02:41 AM

Nice project and good instructions. Nice post Marc.

-- Alan, Prince George

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SplashMaster

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#9 posted 01-31-2011 05:57 PM

Nice shelfs and I really enjoyed the vid keep it coming man!

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majuvla

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#10 posted 02-01-2011 08:46 AM

It’s a real pleasure whatching this video like all yours other videos.I’m always hungry of good ideas and practical working solutions.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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skeeter

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#11 posted 02-05-2011 12:01 AM

Sliding dovetails?

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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