Subtitle: This is where this project starts to get good.
So far, I have been working on the center section of the window seat bookcase. One look at the SketchUp illustration above shows left, center and right sections. As I build outward from the center section, my excitement for this project builds as well. But, the method of joinery relies on precision work; precision alignment of the holes I am drilling for the dowels, which join mating parts together. Being precise is slow work.
So, the recent task for this project has been drilling holes, something which I have gotten pretty good at doing; a couple of mistakes here and there, but all has gone well (see a photo here).
I had to drill 36 holes into end-grain which is tough (another 36 holes into side grain – much easier). End-grain is so much harder to drill into; it has me to putting extreme pressure on my drill and frequently checking to see that all the waste is being ejected while drilling is underway. But, as you can see below, I finally got all 72 holes drilled.
This is where the project starts to get good. The basic shape of the window seat bookcase is now completed. Nothing is glued together at this point. There remains a lot of parts to fabricate and I want to make sure I think through the order for glue-up carefully.
Next: I’ll add the back and lower shelf to the bookcase. Later I’ll create the middle shelf and the top. Then it will be time to shape the seat back which means adding the curve to the rear legs and the crest rail. Stay tuned…