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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