Wall Shelf: Episode 2
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The joints are cut and seated, so it’s time for the shaping. Paul uses a combination of saws, chisel, spokeshave and rasp and shapes rounds the edges. Once that is scraped and sanded to a smooth finish, it’s ready for assembly.
Finding unseen tear out with a light sanding is a great tip. I happened to do exactly this myself on a project I recently completed. The surface of the wood looked perfect to my eye after smoothing with a sharp plane, and it was only after I sanded a bit that I caught the problem. And It too was quickly solved with a bit of card scraping.
This is a wonderful and worthwhile introductory project. Thanks!
Was that a scrub fillester plane?
It certainly was. See our recent video on it here: https://youtu.be/tCcDXUShX9A
Cool! Not sure how I missed that video but I’d much rather modify one of my extra rabbet planes than one of my smoothers. Thanks, Philip!
Thanks Paul for the tip on taking quarter width bites on the chisel as coming up on cross grain. I was working on a project not that long ago where I had that exact situation and didn’t know what to do (I switched to a coping saw then rasp). Next time I will have one more option. I can’t wait to start on this piece.
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Could not find my lead dolly ( used to beat and shape lead flashing)
Thought of Paul….picked up a piece of 3×2″. Drew shape of dolly ….cut to rough shape with my sharp rip saw ( thanks to Paul)
Then using a sharp vintage wooden spoke shave ( thanks to Paul)…shaped to perfect rounded tool.
So it doesn’t have to be a shelf……its just following teaching…….and enjoying
Paul–How did you come up with the curve on your school version?
Just checked with Paul and it was probably from a pattern as there were a class full of them all making to the same design.
Love the bit about the thin card scrapper because it bends to conform to the shape of the curve. How can I make one of these? Is it just Thin spring steel? Very nice video…..thanks!
Hi…looking forward to making this with kids from high school. Will be repurposing ikea book shelves for the wood. Lovely project
Wait…. there are ikea bookshelves made of wood?
I had a big IKEA dining table that was all made of solid wood… Pine.
I bought it when IKEA was fairly new in the UK, (I’m pretty sure they started here in 1988…. I bought it in 1992).
The top was about 1 1/2″ thick, it was round, and opened up to extend with two addition central leaves.
It was still in really good shape when I sold it about 5 years ago, having got a new, Oak, table to fit in the new kitchen diner.
IKEA did make some good stuff!
Had a square one, bought in the late -90s. 25 mm (1″) thick with two flaps. Later, converted into a bookshelf – shelves remarkably stable showing virtually no bowing, despite being more than a meter (40″) wide.