Making boards from boards

Sunday afternoon I set out on a new project, the bookshelves from Paul Seller’s Woodworking Masterclass book. I have been looking forward to this. First project of real size. And, bonus, I only had to dimension my lumber down to 7/8″. By hand. I thought the entire thing would take the week.

I started with this.


I’d managed to get all my rough cuts, including ripping 2″ off of 12 feet of stock done Sunday. It began to dawn on me how much work I had to do on Monday. Bowing. Cupping. Twist. I watched a one week project slipping into the next week. 3 days of really exhausting work. And on Thursday I had this.


It does feel good to look at the comparison. I’m also shopping for a benchtop planer.

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