All posts filed under: Window Seat Bookcase

A Crazy Week and Some Progress on the Bookcase

Today is June 30th which is my self-imposed deadline for the Window Seat Bookcase project. Guess what? I’m not finished with it. But I’m close. Last week, my woodworking was displaced by some life issues. I now join other woodworkers who write about having trouble fitting woodworking into their schedule. Life gets in the way and woodworking has to take a back seat. Life has been front and center over the past few days, but I am happy to say I have made at least a little progress on the bookase. I had an unfortunate thing happen on Father’s Day; a day which was going to be all about woodworking. But, Sunday morning, while mowing the yard, I inadvertently ran over a yellow jacket nest. The pain was excruciating. Once I realized I was being stung by them, I escaped to our screen porch where I counted eight sting sites; mostly concentrated on my left ankle and right leg. The next four days were a combination of pain and itching, and little sleep. I wore …

Window Seat Bookcase: The Seat is Almost Complete

That rhymes: “the seat is almost complete.” I thought about making the title of this blog post “Window Seat Bookcase: The Seat, Part Twelve” even though this is the fourth post on the seat. Or “Part Bazillion and One” – because this step in the project has gone on, and on, and… In fact, my first blog post concerning the seat was on January 10th. My next project will be much easier to build – I hear some pocket screws calling my name. But, the end is in sight. Before I talk about the end, let’s take a look at this past week in the workshop. The goal in this next step is to create an expansion slot along the back edge of the bench seat and to form the seat ends. Take a look… With a moderate dose of anxiety, I started cutting the notch (a dado is what it is) in what I am calling the lower seat back. I do not want a gap between the boundary of the notch and the seat …

Window Seat Bookcase: Work on the Seat Resumes

THERE IS COMFORT in knowing that others feel the same way I do. I am talking about Joe McGlynn who writes at his blog, McGlynn on Making. Joe builds furniture often in the Greene and Greene style. He has been working on a Blacker House Serving Table, most recently adding delicate inlay to the legs. I left him a comment about how good his inlay looks. He replied thusly: “Thanks Jeff. Now that I’m on the other side of this part of the project I’m feeling better about the whole effort. And I’m already worrying about how to pull off the next detail…the ebony splines for the bread board ends.” Worrying how to pull off the next detail – that is exactly how I have been feeling towards my bench seat. I have been procrastinating finishing construction; this delay 100% fueled by worry that I would screw it up! I feel like putting about 10 exclamation points at the end of that last sentence. My daughter’s window seat bookcase has been one big teaching exercise for …