Memento Display Shelf


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Planing away the material needed to match the inner radius is going to take a loooooong time. I had just a few minutes today, so I tested a hand tool technique for making curves witb saw and chisel.

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I made several kerfs to define the depth necessary to remove. Blue tape is a visual guide.

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The kerfs help control splitting and run out as I chisel away the waste between them.

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Finally, a plane & spokeshave bring the rough cut pretty close to final shape. This is marginally faster, but far less laborious, than removing it all with a plane.

Tomorrow, I'll try another idea...

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I hope no one reads this and gets the idea that I am promoting free-hand routing this way. It is very hard to get good results, especially on a geometricly shaped piece. I was just too lazy to set up a proper jig to do it right. And it shows. Sanding hides a lot of flaws, fortunately.

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9 hours ago, Mark J said:

Clearly what you need is an elliptical attachment for the Spin-A-Ma-Jig :lol:.

You'd better believe, that crossed my mind! Started me trying to recall an episode of The Woodwright's Shop, where Roy visited a 19th century factory that rurned oval picture frames. 

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Maybe a negative space in the center down the length of both.

But what would have been real cool is if they weren't there at all, the shelf just floated from the leg connection.

On 9/28/2021 at 4:54 PM, wtnhighlander said:

For any neophites reading this, I want to show that fine, expensive tools, while very nice to have, are not strictly necessary. A $15 flush trim saw cuts joinery quite well.

I had that exact saw until I bent the blade and replaced it with a saw from a brand that would be more excepted on woodworking sights.  Its been a good saw but I actually think the Irwin saw was a nicer tool, definitely liked the handle more.  

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8 hours ago, Chet said:

 

But what would have been real cool is if they weren't there at all, the shelf just floated from the leg connection.

My earlier plan had been to make cantilevered from the legs, but then I decided to make it removable. Now it hangs from 3 vertical bars that attach to the 'aprons' under the top. You just can't see the 3rd one in that photo.

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