Watson Mill - circle library, part 3

by brae  

Continuing work on the circle library.  The wood veneer buckled on the outer surfaces of the circle supports.  I didn't have enough to redo both circles, so I redid only the smaller one.  I hope once the books are in place it won't show.  I also will have straight shelves abutting the large circle, so that might help, too.

The original inspiration had 18 dividers, but my version has only eight for balance and fit.  I used scrap wood to try out the look first.

I cut the angled details for between the circles from 1 1/2" trailing edge balsa, cutting it down to fit.  I don't usually work in balsa since it damages so easily, but this comes precut at a good angle and you can find it in varying widths.  I get my supply from my local Hobby Town USA.

Here they are before being cut down to fit.  You can see the damaged areas, but it won't matter in the end.  I basically needed a skeleton for the final finishes.

I used graph paper to help align the sections.

I covered the sides of the angled inserts with peel and stick wood that I had left over from the Model T Van build.  I used additional adhesive just to make sure the bonds will hold over time.  I again used the Elmer's stainable wood glue.  To finish the front edges, I cut shapes from 1/32" basswood to match the laser cut circles.

I think this is a good approximation of the original.  :]

Next up, the long straight shelves.

5 comments

Comment from: Debora [Visitor]
That looks great! :D Love how you solved the interior dividers.
05/20/17 @ 22:35
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
Marvelous! The balsa is perfect, unangled pieces would have spoiled it.
05/21/17 @ 07:30
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]
Oh that's just beautiful. And books to fit inside!
05/21/17 @ 09:25
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]
Hi Brae, This circle shelf is reminds me of a large cog which for a working mill is totally appropriate- Your solutions for the shelf dividers is ideal- Beautiful work!
05/21/17 @ 10:25
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks so much!! :>>
05/21/17 @ 19:21


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