[Rocket Bookcase] Beginning Stage Two

Haven’t had a lot of shop time in the past week, too many tasks around the house and yesterday was a complete wash (rain all day makes for stir-crazy kids).  But, I did get out there today and made some sawdust.

First I took the random orbital sander to the coopered first stage section and smoothed it out into a nice purty arch.


Then I got busy cutting and planing the sides of the second stage.  I want to let the final design of the hatch on the coopered section of the first stage percolate for a few days before I get back to it.

Once the sides of the second stage were pocket screwed and glued in place, I began work on the bottom shelf, which is curved like the others, only half as deep.  Ironically, I got better, smooth results—even faster—from the hand powered coping saw than from that P.O.S. Black and Decker jigsaw we have.  Amazing. IMG_20130823_144736_062

This shelf will be the template for cutting the other two so I am taking my time and getting it right.

Then I put it all together for a progress picture.  I’m liking how this is turning out!


Time today: 1 hour.

Total time: 10 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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