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Window Seat Bookcase: Milling More Stock

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 …

My First Five Power Tools

I HAVE BEEN a power tool woodworker since day one. I began my journey in the wood shop at the University of Alabama more than 30 years ago. This shop was full of professional grade stationary power tools. The table saw was a large Delta Unisaw, there was a monster size band saw – just massive. The thickness planer was old school; heavy cast iron everywhere and it had a wide, 24-inch capacity. Their power jointer was equally impressive, but I don’t exactly remember how big a board it could take. I had use of this shop twice a week for a full semester, pretty sweet for a beginning woodworker. I made a perfect score as a final grade and the writing table I made in that class now serves as my computer desk. It is interesting to me that this writing table; all these years later, is now the table my hands rest on while I type away at this blog post. So I am a power tool woodworker. I am working to add …