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Old 04-27-2009, 02:01 PM
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Default First serious laminated curves: A simple shelf

I think I mentioned this in a "ripping with the TS55" thread. Alas, I didn't take pictures of my rip setup, but basically I've got pieces of plywood, the top piece as wide as a full rail, the bottom wider. Screwed 'em together, clamp the rail hanging over the edge, put the piece to rip under the rail on the bottom piece.

For this, since I was going for thicker stock (I was ripping to 1/8" x 1 1/2"), I just clamped another board in between the rail and the upper piece of plywood. Had a bit of an issue 'cause my rail isn't as long as the strips I was cutting, so I ran 'em through the planer afterwards to deal with the sections where I had saw blade marks.



Two things I learned: There aren't enough clamps in the world, and alignment of the pieces is pretty close to impossible. I ended up building an offset base for the router to clean up the mismatches between the laminated strips.

But, it was a great learning experience, and it'll be replaced, by actual cherry rather than a mishmash of whatever ply I had lying around and scrap maple, in a year or two when I get around to the built-ins for the office.

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Old 04-27-2009, 04:57 PM
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Default Re: First serious laminated curves: A simple shelf

Dan

That looks like quite a project, great job! I don't think I would have taken on a one piece thing like that given the "squareness" of my walls/corners

One design comment, it looks like you've got the shelf overlapping the window trim (at least that is what it looks like

When you do the cherry version, I think the shelf would look better if it just butts up against the trim

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Old 04-27-2009, 06:29 PM
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When you do the cherry version, I think the shelf would look better if it just butts up against the trim
Yeah, I had to cut a notch out of the shelf once I got it up. I also mis-measured on the wall with the door, it's similarly just about 3 inches longer than it should be. No idea how that happened, I must have lost track of how big the corner piece is.
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Old 04-28-2009, 07:18 AM
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Default Re: First serious laminated curves: A simple shelf

That looks pretty good to me. I"ll bet I would never get around to changing it.
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Old 04-28-2009, 04:44 PM
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Default Re: First serious laminated curves: A simple shelf

That is a pretty cool shelf and you are right when it comes to clamps. Can never have enough

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