Construction? This weekend i did my first real carpentry project ever. I built shelves and drawers for our kitchen pantry. If i wasn’t a huge fan of the New Yankee Workshop i don’t think i would have even known where to start! I never took a shop class in high school, but i did help my dad build some things back in junior high/high school (i tried to get out of that as often as possible though!) I wish i would have paid more attention then! I think i used almost every tool that i own this weekend!
For the 1/4″ cuts i needed to make, setting up the dado was a breeze, as its just the two end blades and a shim. But for other cuts, i needed to do 5/8″, which is an end blade, shim, 1/8″ cutter, shim, 1/8″ cutter, shim, another 1/8″ cutter, shim, and outer blade. getting all that stuff to stay properly aligned was a pain. the bigger pain was that the shims were just thin enough to sit between two threads on the arbor..so you couldn’t move the next blade flush with the previous one. And after doing most of the dado work and going back to a standard blade i realized i had a couple more 5/8″ cuts to make… and somehow after putting it all back on, one of the shims i used was a different size, so the 5/8″s was like 1/32″ off, so i had to take it back apart to find the thinnest shim and replace it.
|The old pantry, full of stuffs||The old pantry, destructed|
|the beginning||with some shelves|
The final product!
I now know why the projects on the new yankee workshop have a little segue like “a little more sanding and i’ll finish up tomorrow…[fade out]…[fade in]Welcome back. I just started this morning by….”. Because projects like this take a lot of time! just setup and measuring and cutting and test fitting and setup and on and on! I made a few mistakes here and there, a couple bad cuts (the saying should be measure 11 times, cut once!) but we had plenty of extra of everything i needed so the mistakes weren’t trips to home depot or anything! For my first real project i think it turned out well!