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Bath Room Book Shelf

After building a side-yard gate out of rough fencing redwood, I had a few boards left over. Rather than purchase new, smooth-finished redwood for the bathroom shelf, I chose to plane and sand the left-over fencing boards and use those instead.

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This is a close-up of the end of the board before planing. sanding, and cutting to size.

The redwood boards after planing, sanding, and cutting.

A different view of the same boards (and my rather saw-dusty work bench!)

After cutting the contours in the side panels, and before routing the edges (those bench clamps are wonderful!)

Sanded, routed, and assembled: No nails; just tongue-and-groove and mortise-and-tenon joints, glued and clamped.

The machine in the background is my Dad's 1963-vintage 240-volt Dewalt 10-inch radial arm saw: An absolutely indespensible and versatile tool.

A close-up shot of the edge routing, also showing the redwood grain.Next step: Stencil in the grape leaf designs on the side panels, and start carving!

Applying the first part of the stencil.

...and the second part

Carving out the design, 1/4 of the way done (got the other side to do!)

Of course, my craftmanship has to pass inspection by Simba...

I think I passed 8*)

Carving completed... next step; using leather-stains to color in the leaves and stems.

Yes, fellow wood-workers; that knot was very hard to work! Talk about having to resharpen tools... (Oy!)

One beautiful aspect of leather-stain colors is that they are transparent, and thus do not hide the wood grain.S

Stain application completed; next step - apply Teak Oil finish.

Teak oil brngs out the color of redwood! Look at contrast between the treated and untreated sections!

... Teak oil finish, completed.

Close-up of one of the carvings after the teak oil application...

A different view that shows the redwood grain very well.

Last, but not least: a close-up of part of the redwood grain; a knot next to ripple-grain


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