Bill Tindall, E.Tn.
By design I prepared nothing for this learning exercise with granddaughter(10). We began with the need-book shelf. We measured books to see how far apart to make the shelves. Then we sketched a possible design. Next added up dimensions to see how high the sides needed to be(good exercise in dealing with fractions). (The piece of cherry lumber had been selected before she arrived). It was from a blow down tree her uncle and I logged last year. It was a "sow's ear" to be made into a "silk purse". It was warped, twisted, bowed, sappy and with bark edges.
Step 1 was to mow off the high corners to begin the process of flattening the pieces.
It is held together with dovetails and tenons.
I think I should round off the front corner of the side? Why do you all think?
It remains to be stained(she wanted it stained) and finish. Will do that step when it is warmer than single digits.