Well, it's been a month, but I finally got started.
First up is to fabricate and install a wide board so plates can be passed through easily. Once installed, I will trim out both sides of the opening.
I found a couple of 2x10's in the garage my dad had used previously. I found some of his measurements written on the boards. Good old dad. So, I used them to make the board. I ripped them, then glued up three pieces to create the work piece.
I planed the workpiece down to 1 1/4 inches thick. Then, in all of my wisdom, I decided I needed to remove some waste from underneath the shelf overhang. I set up a template with some 1/2 inch plywood, and cut away a 1/2 inch of material with the router.
Next, I moved to the table saw, set up the dado stack, and proceeded to remove 1/4 inch of the thickness. To do that, I made the first pass even with the projected overhang. Then moved the fence and made a second cut. I continued the removal until I had at least 11 inches to work with. Then I replaced the dado stack with my regular blade, turned the work piece over, and flipped it around and cut off the remaining portion that will be waste. This was easy to do. Check the pics. Hope the description is accurate.
I rounded the two ends of the shelf and cut the notch on each end so the shelf will fit through the opening.
The portion of the shelf that sits on the wall framing will be attached with wood screws and covered with plugs. With a little Construction adhesive, the shelf should be good to go for years to come.
The plan is to paint everything.
That's all for now. More to come later after I get it installed.
That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!
Last edited by MT Stringer; 12-29-2015 at 11:31 PM.