I will apologize in advance, because this will be a long post and I plan to do it in installments. My wife has commissioned me to construct some shelves for the bathroom for storing her toiletries. She is an artist and doesn’t want any run of the mill, straight up, blah shelves. Twenty years ago, when we bought this house I built shelving for our books and record collection out of basic 1x12 pine lumber with the garage floor for a workbench. Because I had a very limited selection of wood working tools (hand saw, skillsaw, old B&D drill, hammers and framing squares, etc.), I used hole saws to doll up the corbels for the shelves. Later on, I used the same approach on a couple of shelves to wall-mount my stereo speakers. She likes the way the corbels were done so I embarked on my journey to incorporate the technique into the shelf design. Since I now have a fairly well (in my eyes and on my budget) equipped shop I hoped to do a little better on these shelves. It has taken a couple of months of tossing ideas around in my head to come up with a workable solution and full scale drawings for making my templates for accurately drilling 106 holes of various sizes between the shelves, which she specified are to be 9 1/2” apart. So it begins…sometime right after Christmas, 2019.
Necessary for starting this in January in an unheated shop…
Materials list: 1 #3 pine 1x12x8, pallet wood (gasp) for shelves, 1 4x8 sheet of lauan. Total cost: $22.97
I generally make my patterns from lauan, which I keep on hand. Here you see my drawings and the templates. The main template (on the right) has been redesigned to leave more meat between the shelves, in case she decides to store some heavy stuff here. (5lb shampoo??)
Starting out, I cut the shelf dados before ripping the board to 5 1/2” widths. The best I could get from 11 1/4”. As usual, I had to make a router jig for this that would register in the previous slot. The dado is 3/8x3/8.
Here are the drills required and the template in action.
Next I need to create a level flat support for drilling the sides.
Now I score the hole location by drilling about 1/8” deep and then trim away the unneeded portion, being careful not to cut away the 1/8” guide holes.
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I cut away the majority of the hole with my jig saw and get ready to drill out the actual holes. If you have ever used hole saws of this type, you will know that it’s royal pain to remove the plug from the bit. This way there is no plug and the pieces fall away after drilling. You just have to be careful to stop your cut at the inside edge of the kerf.
40 holes done...66 to go. I’m definitely going to get my money’s worth out of this $49 HF Drill Press.
As luck would have it, my cheapo BD jig saw crapped out about halfway through 106 holes. I’ve had it a few years but it’s only seen pretty light duty and was kept in it’s case. This necessitated an emergency trip to my local tool supplier (a friends pawn shop where I have CREDIT!) and lucked into an older Milwaukee jig saw for $35. It’s a hoss and 100 times better than the BD. Cuts smooth as silk.
And this post would not be complete without introducing Ducky, resident wonder dog and shop foreman! He specializes in customizing small pieces of wood and finding stuff you haven’t seen in years.
There will be some gaps in the process because my phone got misplaced for about a week. This is but here you have it...106 holes and the rabbet for the back done.
All the holes are drilled. Now it’s time to smooth things out with the router and a ¼” round over bit.
The round over turned out to be easier than I thought.
Round over in progress, finished…
Now the fun starts...sanding 106 holes. I had some small sanding drums that turned out to be just what the doctor ordered for this except that I didn’t have any way to use them that was slow enough to keep from making my radius an ellipse and the pieces were too wieldly to try on the DP. A year or so ago I had bought a small Chinese regulator circuit board to use as a speed control but first I had to find it, then I had to put it together in a box with an outlet, etc. Finally found it, put it all together and it works like a charm. I won’t be plugging anything into it that has much of a current draw but on my $9 corded drill from HF it’s doing exactly what I need. Total cost less than $10. Of course, all of the finishing sanding will have to be done by hand. It’s really tedious and reminds me of building model airplanes, a LONG time ago.
Sanding, before and after
Well, here it is...sorta. Luckily, I was able to buy a sheet of Luan before before going to Lowes was no longer an option. Here is the dry fit for the back.
And here it is standing up and with the Commissioness. I have blocks top and bottom for the clamps.
Well, it's going on three months pretty much locked down now and I finally got some paint thanks to Lowe's mixing it and bringing it to us in the parking lot as there were a LOT of folks going in and lined outside So I can finally wrap this thing up and get on to my next adventure. OK little phone...sh&&ty camera. The color is Eggplant...First Coat...Hung out to dry
At long last, I see light at the end of this tunnel. Final coats of paint. I'll put it together later this week. Next, I'll be working on my router station that will be built around a DW625 I found at my favorite pawn shop. Also, behind the work bench, you can see the latest edition to my shop. My Grizzly G1182HW 48" jointer.
I know this is small potatoes for most of you, but it's what the boss wanted and she waited patiently while we hid (and are still hiding) from the virus. Damn!...I'm glad to see it go from my bench to her bathroom. Thanks to all who looked. The next project is for ME!
BTW, that's my faithful 1988 Jeep Cherokee. You don't live where I do without a 4wd.