Another Knick Knack Shelf

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I built the above knick knack shelf for my sister as a birthday present.  She is a collector of elephant knick knacks and was running out of display space, so instead of giving her something she didn't have room for, I built her something that would make room for even more stuff in the future.  <grin>.

The wood is pine and was salvaged from a church remodel project.  In its previous life it was used as wainscoting.

After removing all the nails and other embedded debris, I used my belt sander to remove the finish and also get the wood relatively flat.  The next step was at the planer where I completed the flattening process and got a good surface on each side.  At this point in time, I didn't have my jointer, so I had to take very shallow passes on the planer in order to get a flat  surface.

Next up was at the tablesaw, where I first ripped one side of each board smooth (remember, I didn't have a jointer, so I had to be very careful while feeding the piece).  Then, I ripped each piece to width + 1/4", placing the clean face against the fence.  Finally, I flipped the boards over and placed the face I just ripped against the fence and ripped to final width.  Why go to the trouble of ripping three times?  I didn't have a jointer, so I used this method to get straight and clean edges.

Finally, I was able to cut each piece to width.

If you look closely at the enlarged pictures, you can see that each joint is dadoed.  While this adds some strength to the horizontal pieces, it doesn't do much for the vertical pieces.  But, it was a wonderful help when it came time to glue the piece up.  No nails were used in assembly, except to attach the two little hanging tabs at the top.

The piece was finished off with 3 coats of lacquer, sprayed.

The pattern was inspired by a spice rack that I made for my mother.  If you remove the horizontal pieces and then rotate the entire unit 90 degrees, you have the shelves for a spice rack.  Add in a few strips to hold the spices in place, and you're done.

Hope you enjoyed it!

Stephen Bigelow

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