Alcove Shelving Unit

The latest job under way is a pair of shelving units to fit either side of a chimney. Below are the sketches I made to work out what would look best & be most practical.

The last & final sketch is really a development of the first with a secondary decorative frame fitted to the font, & the top shelf overhanging the sides to give a more complete look.

The top will be drilled to accept an up lighter with the cable being routed behind the front frame.

Beading will be cut into the front frame to add some interest. I’ll be using a newly purchased router cutter for the beading, as the home made scratch stock used on a previous job resulted in a lot of blisters!

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Onto construction!

I feel like I’m finally getting the hand of making wide boards by gluing boards edge to edge. To get a good joint, I clamp both boards in the vice & hand plane both edges simultaneously. That way they are a perfect match. I also try & plane the edges very slightly convex which puts the ends of the boards in compression when they’re clamped together stopping the joint splitting.

The angled blocks between the boards & the clamps protect the edges of the boards, but also prevent the board ‘bowing’ under the clamping pressure. This means its much easier getting the joints between the boards flush.

 

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Still putting too much glue on!

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A cabinet scraper seems to be the safest & most effective way to clean up the glue line.

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Phase 1 complete

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Important to arrange the individual planks so that the growth rings are reversed across the width of the board. that way as the wood dries, the board remains pretty flat.

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