Figure 1: Original Closet, pretty boring and dark.
So, one of the first projects I used as a test vehicle for the newly built homemade router was the “closet project.” You can see that the original closet was pretty plain and dark. The carpet had seen better days, and was a dust magnet. So, we designed into the new closet a new look with the new wood floor and the shelves and the hi/lo clothes rods (to hang more clothes). The result is in figure 2:
Figure 2 : The “after” photo for the closet project. Much less boring.
The middle picture seems caddywumpus, but that is mostly an optical illusion. The new homemade router was used mostly to smooth some of the trim pieces, which had been rough-cut with a circular hand saw. I had not yet received the Delta table saw, so the hand saw put some woodworking bloopers into a few places (not going to say what they are LOL).
Due to my procuring a Delta table saw, there may be a higher likelihood I will be able to get by with fewer bloopers on the next project (a glass-case wall for antique glass display). I purchased a dado blade for the new saw, and made dado joints with the help of the homemade router (which was called on to do the tenons). The first test case glue-up is shown below, in figure 3. The highlight shows the dado joint in one corner:
Figure 3: The next project is a glass wall case for the display of antique glass.
I’ll be doing a write-up on the new glass-case wall project as time permits. The idea is to line one wall of the dining room with glass cases for the display of a collection of antique glass. The dado joints are pinned with nails for extra holding power, as well as being glued into place.
The dado blade makes the joints a cinch. I would spend 5x more time if I had to cut both the tenons AND all the dado parts, using only the router. I’ll be putting photos of the glass-case project online as I get portions of the project done. Stay tuned …