[Rocket Bookcase] Coopering the Base

Finally got back to work on this project…I dove right in with making the staves for thr coopered base on Stage I.  My plan is to make a nice curved wall and cut a hatch into it so Keaton can put toys inside.

I did some calculations and discovered I needed 12 pieces of wood, angled at 3 degrees per side to make a nice arc.  Here’s the basic idea:


To make the bevels, I needed a jig to slide each stave into for planing.  Nothing fancy, just some scrap pine cut to hole the staves on their sides.


Like so:


After a little planing with a test stave, you get this:


The Nice Ash and WoodRiver planes really made short work of the pine staves.  So, I needed to glue and nail these pieces to the bookcase:


Until I had the whole front in place.  Real quick like, I hit it with the Nice Ash Plane and rounded all tye edges.  A little work with the orbital sander and it should be nice and smooth.


Time today: 2 hours.

Total time: 9 hours.


About Steven M. Vaught

A native son of Delaware, now living in Illinois, Steven is a writer, family historian, amateur astronomer, sometimes-gardener, woodworker, father to three wonderful children, husband to a wonderful wife, and caretaker of one cheeky vizsla.
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