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Jefferson Bookcases #16: Littlest case

11-22-2020 05:48 PM by Dave Polaschek | 4 comments »

I needed to make a little case for some small hardcovers. It’s also the size I will need for paperbacks if I don’t put them in tall skinny cases. If that’s hard to read, the measurements are (to hold 5¼x7¼ books) 2 – 1×6x30¼2 – 1×6x8¾1 – 1×8x29⅝ I didn’t have a 30 inch long 1×8 offcut, so I put two shorter ones together. They’re ship-lapped. Otherwise it’s just like the other cases, just smaller.

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Jefferson Bookcases #15: Art books case

11-22-2020 02:05 PM by Dave Polaschek | 6 comments »

I have a bunch of art books that are formatted landscape. They’re basically coffee-table books, and they don’t fit well in the cases I’ve built so far, so I decided to make a special case for them. The main problem is that when I figured out the dimensions I’ll need, I will need a 1×16 to make the case, and I can’t buy 16 inch wide pine here in New Mexico (and shipping a board from the east coast didn’t seem especially wise). In case that’s hard to read, the measurements are:2 ...

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Jefferson Bookcases #10: Second shellac

08-15-2020 08:16 PM by Dave Polaschek | 10 comments »

The second set of shellac generally goes on the day after the first set of two coats. I put the shellac on thickly enough with those first two coats that it takes a while to dry. Not overnight, but it doesn’t hurt it to wait, and letting it dry overnight keeps my production line moving smoothly. While the goal with the first two coats was coverage, the goal with this one is getting a good finish. So I start by inspecting the case, lightly sanding each side with 320 or 400 grit sandpaper. T...

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Jefferson Bookcases #4: Large case pin boards and backs

08-07-2020 07:24 PM by Dave Polaschek | 4 comments »

Today it was time to start making boxes. First step is to cut the pin boards. I start by transferring the tails to them and marking everything out. On the front, I should draw the baseline to the second to last line I transferred from the tails. On the back, I only need to mark the outermost two lines, as those will be part of the mitered corner, and I’ll be sawing the top and back, but not the front. After cutting the sides of the pins (the ones I marked on the front)...

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Jefferson Bookcases #3: Large case tail boards (sides)

08-05-2020 01:32 AM by Dave Polaschek | 7 comments »

First, some measurements. I spent the tail end of yesterday sawing all the boards for eleven of the largest cases to size. Here’s the cut-list: Two 1×12x30¼ – top & bottomTwo 1×12x14½ – left & rightTwo 1×8x29⅝ – back boards Today I spent the day making tail boards, which are the left and right sides of the cases. Here are the steps for them. 1. Mark out a pair of boards on one end. I usually plan to make the outsides of this pair the inside...

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3 pc.bookcase cabinet series #4: Shopsmith and Bookcases and Cutting Poplar

06-13-2020 08:03 PM by oldguy2 | 2 comments »

I have am using my Second Shopsmith ,bought here as we moved to Phoenix. $800 with Jointer and Bandsaw. I had to sell my first one in PA as we moved. I had that one for 20 years and many accessories and upgrades. that buyer thought he could negotiate down the price until he came to see it. He was impressed with the extras. I got my price. I knew I was getting a quality tool, that is the usual comment you would hear from Owners..its quality. American Made in Ohio. Still being made...

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Working up the wood

03-31-2020 10:13 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 3 comments »

Time to make myself something. I am still using a pine bookcase air nailed together by my father back in the early 70’s…and I have a lot of books. So I am going to make this: I designed it some time back and just now have the time and energy to tackle it. It is not giant, standing only 60” and 30” wide. Nice size, with a top shelf that will not be too high to be used. I am making two, one for me and one as a spec item for a local shop, so I can put the ...

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Bookcase #5: Ready for finish-ish.

01-01-2020 05:56 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 2 comments »

Had a setback with the bookcase. It was on the bench, precariously balanced and was knocked over when moving some items out of storage for my kid’s new place. My fault, but it had not been finished, so no worries. Two glue joints busted and one stiffener split. The stiffeners had not been doweled in yet. So the busted bits were repaired and I moved on to doweling in the stiffeners and the one fixed shelf. I had to hold the stiffener back in line, but it worked fine. The...

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Bookcase #4: Bottom Moulding and Legs

12-25-2019 09:59 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 3 comments »

Leaving aside the question of to fix a shelf or not for now, I moved on to the base moulding and legs. Stock was milled to stack up to leg thickness and to form the base moulding. I was out of Sapele at this point and had to go with Walnut. That is okay as the original plan implied a different wood for the base: This three of these went to the moulding pile and three were glued: The resulting wood was again milled and cut to leg length, then a dowel was inserted on center. ...

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Bookcase #3: Setbacks and Progress

12-21-2019 09:35 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 4 comments »

I was trying to get this done before company came for Christmas, but alas I am running out of time. The finish application will make the house, aka shop with bedrooms above, smell off for the gathering, so I have missed my window. This is a large item and I used corner squares for the glue up: The glue up was brutal, but that was my fault as something this size needs much more play in the joint than I gave it. I cheated though and seated one end and clamped it without glue, then g...

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