After many months of waiting and watching them work, the other editors finally turned me loose in the shop last week to tackle my first-ever woodworking project: a simple bookshelf. Well, “turned me loose” is a strong phrase – I had quite a bit of coaching using the router to cut rabbets, and wielding my new block plane (a gift from Popular Woodworking contributor Carl Bilderback) to flush the edges.
Somehow I managed to avoid nailing my hand to a board, and sans a few a kinks in the building process, I’m pretty darn proud of how it turned out. In fact, maybe I’ll celebrate by calling it an on-the-ground wine rack instead – reds on the left side, whites on the right and glasses on the shelf in the middle.
The piece will be featured in the December issue’s I Can Do That column, so keep an eye out. And while you’re at it, let me know what you think of my design in the comments.