Saturday, November 13, 2010
A Short, Easy Project in Seven Steps
The other day I had about one hour to spend in the shop. Now, I've got dozens of projects that I need to work on (with building a door for the shop at the top of the list), but none of them are the kind that one hour would get very far into. So I decided to reload the CD player with some fresh jazz while I figured out what to do.
As I was listening to Roy and Diz, and puttering around the shop, I kept going back to the CD case to find out the name of a tune, composer etc. After about the third time the thought occurred to me: "Hmm, it would be nice to have a little stand thingy to hold the CD up at a convenient angle for reading." And there it was, a short easy project that I could complete from start to finish in what was left of my hour.
Here's how to make something useful (sort of) in a very short amount of time - in just seven steps.
Step One - rustle up a chunk of suitable scrap:
I just grabbed a short length of 1x3, but something fancier would be fun.
Step Two - clean up all the surfaces of said scrap with a smoothing plane:
Step Three - select a moulding plane and stick a decorative edge:
In this case, after digging through my moulding samples I selected a small astragal and cove profile made by "I. Cox" (which coincidentally is the very same plane featured in the previous link). Now that I think about it, it might actually be a quirk, bead and cove profile. Wait, maybe it's a fillet, bead, fillet and cove. Oh bother!
Step Four - plow a groove wide enough and deep enough to hold the CD at the desired angle:
I just guessed and plowed a 5/8" wide groove, which needed to be 1/2" deep for things to work out right.
Step Five - cut to length:
Step Six - Optional - decide to fix a flaw in the moulding profile (created by sloppy, rushed technique) by planing a bevel with a shoulder plane:
A side-by-side comparison between the new profile of bevel, quirk, bead and cove or is it fillet, bead - (oh never mind) and the original sample on the right.
Step Seven - oil it up and admire the final product:
Not a very necessary creation of course, but since when has that been a consideration? Do you really need a reason to have fun in the shop? No.
And the complete tool set (minus the sticking board):
Really, this project could be made with only four tools: smoothing plane, plow plane, moulding plane and saw. Or even just three if you skipped the moulding and just went with a bevel. The Phillips head screwdriver is for adjusting my sticking board screw-stops, while the slot head screwdriver is for adjusting the #45 multiplane - neither would be needed if you used used a different plow and work holding system. There really is no layout required, as you can size everything with the CD case itself - so the folding rule, the square and the marking knife could easily be left on the shelf. And of course, if you were more careful than I was with your moulding plane, there would be no need for the shoulder plane.