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swhockey98

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06-10-2015 05:25 PM

I am very new to woodworking and need help with my project plan and selecting the appropriate wood.

Brief background: I used to have a mid-century corner desk that had 5 desk legs with a bookshelf credenza. It was part of a bedroom set and I still have the original dresser. The bookshelf was on hinges and could be placed on the corner desk or on top of the dresser. I’ve built a full-scale prototype of the credenza using maple plywood:

Brief background about myself: Unfortunately, I do not have a dedicated woodshop or even a garage workshop. All my cutting for the prototype has been initially at a hardwood seller and then at a park district woodshop that costs me $8/day. The only tools at home I have are a framing square, cordless drill, shelf pin jig, steel rulers, combination square, clamps, and wood glue. I do not have a table saw, miter saw, planer, jointer, etc.

As of now, I do not plan on building anything else besides this desk, so I am not interested in purchasing a table saw, jointer, or planer.

Here are my concerns:

1. What wood species should I use for the project that will accept a dark brown stain easily? I was thinking of using genuine mahogany since the dresser is white oak with a mahogany veneer but I am open to other suggestions.
2. Should I have my hardwood seller plane and joint all my 4/4 pieces for me or should I buy it roughsawn and do it myself at my park district woodshop for $8/day? The hardwood seller told me labor is $1.50/5 minutes. I’ve never planed or jointed wood before so I don’t know how time consuming it would be for about 40 board feet of material.
3. The sides of the bookshelf are 9” deep and 38” in height. For the plywood prototype, each side is one piece. However, I have a picture of the original bookshelf and it seems each side is a glue-up of 3 boards (3” each). Would it be better to glue-up 3 boards for each side or find 1 stock board and rip it down to 9”? Do multiple glued boards reduce the possibility of bowing or warping?

Thanks,
Sean


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HerbC

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#1 posted 06-10-2015 06:27 PM

Why not find a LumberJock buddy who lives in your area and has a shop and work with the LJ to make this one project? Of course you may find that woodworking is more addictive than you think and you may get hooked on it…

Good Luck!

Be Careful!

Herb

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#2 posted 06-11-2015 02:34 AM

Yes on mahogany IMO. Yes on having it done for you it shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes. Yes, you should use glued up pieces.

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swhockey98

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#3 posted 06-11-2015 01:55 PM

Thank you for the suggestions!

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