In this course, Frank will show you how to build a simple wall shelf using only hand tools. This well thought-out project will go in-depth and will help you hone your skills at cutting the dado and mortise and tenon joints that you learned in the Three Basic Joints course.
You’ll start by thinking through the layout of the project, taking grain orientation and such into consideration. You’ll learn how to mark all your pieces in such a way that they don’t get mixed up during the process of cutting all the joints.
Next you’ll cut your dado joints. In this project you’ll use two kinds of dados–a stopped dado and a stopped, stepped dado. Frank will show you several methods to cut these dados including the chisel method and the saw method. From there you will cut the mortise and tenon joints that connect the shelf supports to the sides. You’ll cut both through mortises as well as stopped mortises.
Frank will then show you how to cut an arch in the shelf support using just a dovetail saw, chisel and spokeshave! He’ll go over making a decorative chamfer with the hand plane and sanding before final assembly and glue up.
You’ll be using pine for this project, but you can continue to practice your new joinery skills using other woods such as cherry or walnut. Dado away!
For additional instructions, see: Resources for the Online Wall Shelf Course.