[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 Marcus Richardson

Marcus attended the University of Delaware and later graduated from law school at the age of 26. Since then, he has at times been employed (or not) as: a stock boy, a cashier, a department manager at a home furnishing store, an assistant manager at and arts and crafts store, an unemployed handyman, husband, cook, groundskeeper, spider killer extraordinaire, stay at home dad, and a writer.
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