By Norah Reynolds. Woodworking. Published at Thursday, May 31st, 2018 - 18:51:23 PM.
The first thing to do is to get some more ideas. Walk around some more and look at the other bookcases, pay attention to how they are built. Do you like one better then another? What kind of decorative molding do they have? Which do you like better? Might be worth a trip to a good furniture store to see what some of the real “upscale” pieces have on them. ( Before you leave the big-box store though, stop by the magazine section, and pick up a woodworking magazine. If you get even halfway lucky, you’ll have more than one to choose from and can find one that talks about bookcases.)
Actually cutting a finger joint ( box joint ) is not as difficult as you first may think. In fact a lot of Do It Yourself stores keep special newbie stencils or jigs for creating your own box joints. I keep on referring to box joints and this can be related to the actual history of the finger joint. centuries ago ( long before the introduction of cardboard and other man made materials ) produce for commercial areas like markets had to be kept and transported in low quality wood boxes. The woodworking finger joint was commonly used in these boxes to hold them together.
There are two different types of lighting that are important to your success as a woodworker: bright artificial lighting and natural sunlight. A well lit room is the key to producing quality work, especially if youre using power tools or deburring equipment to finish a project. Allowing natural sunlight into the workroom will make it easier to spot any imperfections in the wood that you wouldnt otherwise notice with harsh fluorescent lights. Additionally, good lighting makes it much easier to see the marks you make on the wood when you measure out your individual cuts and angles.
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