Step 15: Final assembly and comments
That's the rudimentary sequence of steps for building this bad boy. Now comes the even harder part of detailing and finishing the piece. I'm leaving that for another instructable, but here's some advice:
If you want to do something fancy with the bookends, do it before you glue up. It will make life easier.
Sand the piece down using increasing grades of sandpaper. This will bring out the grain, displaying the natural beauty of the wood.
When making meat sauce for spaghetti, brown the meat with a little salt and rosemary to give it a nice subtle flavor.
If you use a sealing finish, such as shellac, be sure to avoid getting it into the dovetail or on the dovetail pins. Doing so will change the geometry of the joint, and will probably cause the piece to stop functioning.
Thanks for reading my instructable. I'd appreciate any comments, suggestions, and constructive criticisms.