Thursday, July 03, 2014

Tools Of The Trade

     I'm still adding bookshelves -- this one wraps through the arch between the living room and library/dining room:

     Closer look at installation tools: Stanley hand drill, some hex-shank drills, a short-throw "chairmaker's" brace and countersink bit, "Yankee"-type screwdriver, little wood block to help mark holes in the right place, knife-sharpened pencil (a classic Mirado Black Warrior, no less!) and a big pile of clamps to hold it all in place while attaching the new bookshelf to the shelves on each side of the arch.

     This is first of two or three for this batch, I hope.


aczarnowski said...

Nicely fit. Hand plane or router for the rabbits?

LCB said...

I have the same question. The rabbits are tight. Nicely done.


One can never have enough book shelves or file space

Ed Jones said...

I built a shelf like that for every closet in my house. Put two clothes bars on one side and one on the other. What, no air nailer?

Jim Dunmyer said...

I'm with Navigator: we just had a new garage built, it's 30' wide. First thing after getting the concrete down and the wiring done was to put shelves across the entire back wall. They're already half-full, just from getting stuff off the floor of 2 of my shop areas.

Too much junk, er, "stuff".

B said...

I gotta see your home someday

Roberta X said...

B, it's a mess. Tam and I are dreadful housekeepers. Maybe after I get some more shelves built.

aczarnowski, LCB, thoe rabbets were cuts with a Hitachi variable-speed router and a good bit. Sand the corners of the shelves and sides a little bit, apply glue, clamp and beat with mallet as needed. Tack in place with a screw. Rinse, lather, repeat. The whole thing gets hit with some medium sandpaper when done. The only real trick is to clamp the sides flat side-by-side with the front edges on the inside, and rout both sides at once. It's a lot harder to end up with the rabbets in each side at a different height that way.

Ed Jones: No air nailer. I got hammers and the little finishing nails I sometimes use for jobs like this are just one pop to get 'em almost sunk and a tap with a nailset. I have found 1x6 lumber to be a bit variable for how well it takes to being nailed. Some is so dry it splits easily. Drilling and driving fairly aggressive screws gives more consistent results and I think it holds better in end grain. (I have not tried cut or square nails, which usually hold better and split less.)

Jim, Navigator: darned right!

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

Knife sharpened pencil? That a skill i need to work on, personally