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    My first project - over the stove shelf

    Thought I would share my experience so far with my first project. I'm starting with a simple project for my first venture :-)
    After acquiring the necessary tools, I've successfully milled the 3 cuts needed to make this shelf. Went with walnut cause I kinda love this wood.
    Next up is to create some dovetails for the joinery, test fitment, glue-up, sand and stain.
    Here are some pics of my work so far, nothing fancy, but thought I would share
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    Thanks for looking...
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    Re: My first project - over the stove shelf

    Slow down. "First project', "Walnut", "Dovetails". That's a mouthful and high expectations.

    Then you throw in the word "stain". I can't imagine why "walnut" and "stain" are used in the same sentence. That's sacrilege.
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    Re: My first project - over the stove shelf

    Ok. so maybe stain was the wrong word. I will add some protecting finish to the wood :-)
    I'm still super green here, wanted to get a trial by fire. I'm actually close to clueless when it comes to the final step, stain, oil, poly... still not sure what to use when. This is why I scour YT nightly.

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    Slow down. "First project', "Walnut", "Dovetails". That's a mouthful and high expectations.

    Then you throw in the word "stain". I can't imagine why "walnut" and "stain" are used in the same sentence. That's sacrilege.

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    Re: My first project - over the stove shelf

    Nicely done, I like the idea.
    Measure twice... cut once... SCREAM LOUDLY... get another board

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    Re: My first project - over the stove shelf

    Quote Originally Posted by photostu View Post
    Ok. so maybe stain was the wrong word. I will add some protecting finish to the wood :-)
    I'm still super green here, wanted to get a trial by fire. I'm actually close to clueless when it comes to the final step, stain, oil, poly... still not sure what to use when. This is why I scour YT nightly.
    Ok, so we'll worked up to the finish. Experience with Dovetails?
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    Re: My first project - over the stove shelf

    This will be my first dovetail cut ever.

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    Re: My first project - over the stove shelf

    Quote Originally Posted by photostu View Post
    This will be my first dovetail cut ever.
    Then sir, I am absolutely begging you to practice on "throw-a-way" wood. 2x4's from Lowe's or Home Depot work great.

    Do not trust a jig and router in gaining your desired results. Do not believe you can just pop these cuts out by hand and be happy with what you have achieved.

    I have the finest dovetail jigs money can buy along with high end cutting bits. I've never been satisfied with the end result. It took me years to learn how to cut them by hand and afterwards it leave a smile on my face.
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    Re: My first project - over the stove shelf

    Fair enough. I will practice on the off cuts. I'm going to start by hand. You're not the first person to mention these are tough, I was asked if I like to cry when I mentioned how I was planning to join this wood

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    Re: My first project - over the stove shelf

    Quote Originally Posted by photostu View Post
    .....I was asked if I like to cry when I mentioned how I was planning to join this wood


    Haha, that is awesome. Sounds like you have the right attitude. Dive right in, you'll learn a ton regardless of how it turns out. Not too much material here, so that is nice. You can always fill nasty gaps with something like epoxy and coffee grounds or a sliver of wood. In the end it will probably be perfectly functional with some less than perfect dovetails that most people will never notice.


    One tip: You have a free variable in the length of the vertical support pieces. If you start off with those being extra long (say 4" longer than they need to be), then you can get several attempts at cutting the dovetailed end of the board. If you mess up, trim 1" off the board to remove the messed up part and try again. If you get it right, cut the opposite end of the dovetail to trim the board to the correct length.

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    Re: My first project - over the stove shelf

    Frank makes it look so easy ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrAAglKLPh8

    Good luck!

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    Re: My first project - over the stove shelf

    Put a coat of BLO (boiled Linseed Oil) on a piece of scrap and see how that looks.
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    Re: My first project - over the stove shelf

    Or try a Varnish Oil finish (which is basically BLO, Varnish and Mineral Spirits) to make it easy to wipe on and wipe off the excess. It is pretty fool-proof and looks very nice on Walnut.
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    Re: My first project - over the stove shelf

    Thank you guys for the finishing options. Let me get past the dovetails and I'll tackle that decision

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    Re: My first project - over the stove shelf

    Stu, you going to do the pins or the tails first?

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    Re: My first project - over the stove shelf

    Quote Originally Posted by Roy G View Post
    Stu, you going to do the pins or the tails first?

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