Parents in the school were asked by our teacher if we have an unused bookshelf at home that we can give to the class.
There was no offer, so I step in and offered my garage woodworker ambitions along my non-existing spare time.
Yes, I could do it from less efforts, from less money and most importantly from less time, but I enjoy woodworking.
The school building is from 1930's, so I tried to follow its style. I googled some pictures, and picked some ideas from here and there. Then made some sketches, and also drawed it on computer. I did know that it will change and form a different shape along the road.
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Step 1: Lumber
I might be wrong with this, but I like to use scrapwood. I like to create something good/new from worthless. I1m not alone with this, but I know that "real" carpenters (around me) work only with good material. I mean dried, selected, quality timber with adequate moisture content, no cupping, warping, no knots, whatever.
Still I find pleasure in using material what no one wants to purchase. My usual sources are carpenters' scrap wood piles and lumber yard, sawmills where I could always find some thrown aside lumbers for cheap or free. It happened in this case again. I could buy a dozen pine boards with big knots, but in good shape, with no bug or fungi problem.
I kept them in my garage to dry them, then I sliced them dropping the bad parts.
Step 2: Making Boards
Then I planed/jointed them. I know there are different methods to make a board straight and square, but this is how I was taught.
First I choose the side of the board to plane where the rings are concave. Then I plane a square edge to it. The best tool to create a parallel edge is the tablesaw. Then finally I created a parallel side by a thicknesser.
Then I used a lamello machine to be sure that board sides will be on the same plane.
I used PUR glue the first time. I had a lot of work to clean the overflows of it.
Step 3: Woodjoints
As usually, one of my little helpers sneaked out to the cool shop from warm house barefooted, in thin clothing. So I shared my sweater with her, and she could help me in this step.
I planned to use simple tenon and mortise joints, but I'm not yet experienced in it, and my finished mortises became a bit loose. No problem, I could turn them to wedged tenon and mortise joints.
Step 4: Woodcarving
I do not suggest you to make woodcarving on pine.
It was a pain.
But my family liked it, so all the efforts were worth it.
I used carving knife, chisels and also a dremel on this.
Step 5: Sanding
First I put on a layer of heavily diluted lacquer, then I sanded it with 80, then 120, and finally with 180 grit.
As usual, it was a lot of sanding.
Step 6: Glueup
I didn't dare to use PUR wood glue again, because of the cleaning process. Instead I used a water based one. And I used all of my clamps.
Step 7: Fisnish
I hand sanded the whole surface with 240 grit, then I put on three layers of transparent satin lacquer.
The kids liked it, and my daughter was in heaven. I was amply paid with her pride on me.