If I were to rate this project, I would give it an “advanced woodworker” rating if for no other reason than the various sizes components need to be. There are several parts which are 1 1/2″ thick like the legs, seat back, etc. The shelves are 7/8″ thick and the remaining parts are either 1 1/4″, 3/4″ or 3/8″ thick. The design of the window seat bookcase requires a lot of milling and stock preparation.
And it is time to mill some more stock. As is typical, my recent visit to the lumber store meant sorting through their stack of 2″ thick cherry to find the right board. I bought the least expensive piece they had – with sales tax: $72.00. I will use this significant board to form the perimeter of the bench top.
In my last blog post, I got real philosophical about growing as a hand tool woodworker. I can’t imagine doing all this milling with hand tools. My miter saw, table saw, jointer and thickness planer were utilized in converting the 2″ thick plank into 1 1/2 thick by 2 1/8″ tall perimeter boards. Today, I was very content being a power tool woodworker.
After using my miter saw station to get the needed rough stock for the seat perimeter components, I’ll have some nice stock left over for the seat itself which will be about 1 1/4″ thick.
I then went back and forth between my table saw, jointer and planer to transform the cherry stock into nice cherry components.
As these parts got close to the final size, I checked their front to back thickness against the rear legs/seat back to make sure I didn’t take too much material off.
Today, I am happy to be a power tool woodworker because all the tools I mentioned were in a great mood and did what I needed to do with ease. Most importantly, I got virtually no tear-out which I have found cherry to be prone to do.
I’ll cut these parts to final length and then get to work on the seat itself. I will have to employ all the woodworking wisdom I have gained over the past 31 years to pull off this next step correctly.
The left and right perimeter of the seat which I am calling the arms need to fit flush with the sides. This means the seat itself will have to be cut with extreme care to get an exact fit. Ironically, I considered buying a shoulder plane today thinking it would be vital for success with this next step. But, I think I’ll use my router instead. Stay tuned. 🙂
See my last blog post on this project for an overview of how the seat will come together.
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