[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 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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