|Maple sink cabinet, empty wall above toilet|
|Some bare real estate above toilet|
My wife looked on the internet for some ideas of what she wanted. She would find something and I would draw my rendition on Sketchup. We went a few rounds on this until finally settling on a design she liked. The first two designs were clearly different from the last two.
|Version 1: three shelves|
|Version 2: two shelves|
|Version 3: can use the top as a third shelf|
|Version 4: This looks better|
|View from below|
There is something I'm concerned about - the dadoes in the underside of the top will be only 1/4" from the edges.
|Rear view of top of cabinet with dadoes and rabbet|
I had a couple 10-foot maple boards in storage and will be using one for this. Unfortunately they are a full 1" thick, so I had a lot of planing to do. I started by breaking them down to more manageable sizes using my Bill Schenher split-top saw bench.
|Ripping with the aid of the split in the top of the saw bench|
|A couple of rough pieces up on the bench|
|Parts cut to rough shape, stacked and stickered for the weekend|
|Misty inspecting the shavings - "Hey, what was that outside?"|
Anyway, my right palm was bruised a little and some blisters were starting on the fingers with all the planing. I tend to grip the plane tote with a death grip when working hard. After that my hand feels (and looks) like something from a horror movie. I ended up altering my grip for some operations to ease the pressure. When planing across grain using a scrub plane I eased up on the grip like in this picture.
|The pushing grip - watch out for the pinky finger, though|
|Stacked and stickered again|
Next time: joinery and shaping