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.

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  1. Peter Bernhardt on 6 June 2018 at 2:03 pm

    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!

  2. David B on 6 June 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Was that a scrub fillester plane?

  3. joeleonetti on 7 June 2018 at 5:37 am

    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.

  4. SharpPencil on 7 June 2018 at 10:38 am


    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

    Thanks Paul

  5. Farred on 8 June 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Paul–How did you come up with the curve on your school version?

    • Philip Adams on 12 June 2018 at 9:47 am

      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.

  6. Harvey Kimsey on 14 June 2018 at 1:57 am

    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!

  7. Wood Club at HRHS on 18 February 2020 at 4:15 am

    Hi…looking forward to making this with kids from high school. Will be repurposing ikea book shelves for the wood. Lovely project

    • Larry Geib on 18 February 2020 at 6:35 am

      Wait…. there are ikea bookshelves made of wood?

      Who knew?

      • Matt Sims on 18 February 2020 at 10:52 am

        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!


        • Sven-Olof Jansson on 18 February 2020 at 12:46 pm

          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.

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