small pallet shelf suggestions wanted

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08-01-2013 12:13 AM

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Looking for suggestions on this design. I am using free pallet wood and am playing around with my new/first band saw and wanted to incorporate curves.

I could not figure out how to cut the ‘stopped’ rabbets shown in photo to that hold the back board in place with power tools so I scribes them with my construction speed square and cut them out with a my cheap-o chisels and a dead blow mallet.

I also don’t yet own a surface planner so I did all the board surface clean up with a low angle block plane I have. it is not easy so bear with the uneven surface.

I did the chamfer with the same small hand plane and it did not come out as even as I would have liked. the plane seems to eat off more wood on the end of the stroke. I assume I am ‘doing it wrong’ but I don’t know how to fix it.

I am not sure I am happy with how thick the vertical elements are coming out. I thought I might cut a curve into the side of them with the bandsaw to reduce the ‘massive’ feel but i am not sure how to accomplish that in still making two sets of uniform curves (I cant think of a way to scribe lines on a curved surface.)

i also though i might try to chamfer the base square section until it was almost diamond shaped on the lower portion but with the less then perfect result before i do not think i am ready for that with a hand plane.

(i guess i should just practice making those bandsaw reindeer for winter seasons presents)

-- J-P Maryland

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#1 posted 08-01-2013 02:36 AM

I would put a round over on the brackets and the top, And I’m not sure exactly what it is, but there is something off with the symetry, or the design proportions, though I am not sure what exactly they are, but I know you can tell this as well.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#2 posted 08-01-2013 09:39 AM

The round over might work. I was assuming the off symmetry feel was from the bulk of the vertical elements . But it could be the hard edges on the verticals when everything else is is either delicately thin or curved. I don’t put much weight into the golden ratio but the shelf could be, the one thing I can’t fix, just too short.

-- J-P Maryland

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