3 pc.bookcase cabinet series

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Blog series by oldguy2 updated 01-23-2021 11:43 PM 12 parts 7140 reads 14 comments total

Part 1: Bookcase series..base unit

04-23-2020 11:24 PM by oldguy2 | 0 comments »

This is part one for a cabinet and shelf unit bookcase. The lower cabinet carcass will be in pine with a poplar front frame and panel doors. An 18 inch Countertop piece 32 wide. divides the lower to the Poplar Shelf unit. a basic rectangle with adjustable shelves. 4 ft high 30 inch wide. 8 inch deep shelves that will be reinforced with a molding to prevent bowing. thats the basic idea. So the fun began a few weeks ago getting pine panels glued with biscuits to an overisi...

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Part 2: Bookcase cabinets and Christmas in May

05-19-2020 10:25 PM by oldguy2 | 0 comments »

Hey this is the fun part of Arizona and Mornings.. Outdoor workshop. Under the canopy Fan blowing on you. Staining a Project. So the base units of the bookcase are ready for stain. And this takes some music and patience and looking at any mistakes I made in the building process. Still time to make any small adjustments. Yes I learned some more and planning measurement for the faceframes and doors. Each base will be separate but side by side. Next is cut and glue poplar ...

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Part 3: Mailboxes, Glue ups I hate, and Cabinets

06-03-2020 12:56 PM by oldguy2 | 0 comments »

Hey a new Goal for me is Don’t Post a project too early. And the whole wood covering of a metal mailbox stand was looking Okay..and I posted it. But with trim top and bottom and some filler strips. Now its ready for paint. Like about 6 coats out here in the sun of AZ. so thats a quick job but the big picture is …it was not finished. This is finished. Do a better Job….My father once said..he did not get to teach me a lot of Shop things…Why did the ...

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Part 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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Part 5: Staining and lessons learned

06-23-2020 11:57 PM by oldguy2 | 2 comments »

Lesson 1. From Charles Neal…there are finishers and builders. finishers sand and dry fit and assemble its work but easier to sand before assembly. Builders put the project together then sand and finish it. Lesson 2. From Finishing 101 by Bob Flexner. many tips on brushes, stains, poly finishes. costs about $11 on the web. worth every dollar.Lesson 3. Staining 11 shelves and 3 tops in over 100 temps even outdoors in the shade. Wow. the wood is warm the stain drying fast...

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Part 6: Alot of holes and look at this Poplar

06-27-2020 06:45 PM by oldguy2 | 1 comment »

My bookcase project has 3 upper shelves units —6 sides—wiith adjustable holes for 3 shelves each. So thats 15 holes per front side then back side. = 30. Opposite side another 30. 60 one case times 3 180 holes. I did so much layout and planning. It paid off when I used the Kreg jig. What a relief. The sanding was clean I eased the front edges. Today was the staining outdoors of the six sides. So the last panel here is the look on part of it. I like h...

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Part 7: Kreg hole jig 180 mistakes or mine??? Assemble the upper case

07-05-2020 03:39 PM by oldguy2 | 3 comments »

And today we tried a dry fit of the 4 ft by 30 inch upper bookcase. all was going well. using the workmate and any clamps to set the first corner. The half lap joint made is easier and checking the front edge for flush then the other side. I had prepped the bottom which went inside with pocket screws so it is on the bench sideways and that is my long clamp from Harbor Freight ( I thought I would us it for ripping cuts but it did fine here). So onto the workmate for th...

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Part 8: Poly on 3 base units in 110 temps in AZ

07-30-2020 12:50 PM by oldguy2 | 0 comments »

And its time to race to put a finish on 3 large base units as quick and well as I can. Each is 16×30 x 30 and a shelf same size. So this stacking …an accidental learning …let me apply the lower level then the middle . Next the outer sides. Check it. Swap the units by lifting the underside of the shelf and those top rails and do the next. Last night about 45 minutes to do all 3 and clean up the poly and brush. I miss the oil base poly but this may be one time wher...

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Part 9: It a big bookcase...getting there

08-02-2020 07:02 PM by oldguy2 | 0 comments »

Hey Feeling real good today. One upper unit here on top of countertop piece and on top of base. Top is 30 wide by 48 high. base is 32 wide by 30 high. So in my shed shop are the next pieces already stained and poly coated. and shelves ready to cut to size and allow for the shelf clips. So we will assemble those one by one. 2 upper shelf units. I have made one face frame and checked it to the base unit for it..base units marked A B C. Units B and C are just a little of...

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Part 10: Cabinets and more learning...Yikes

08-13-2020 02:12 PM by oldguy2 | 1 comment »

And this is NOT finished but I had the face frames on and ready to see the whole units in place and what it was to look like. Very close to my Vision and what we wanted for the room and all the books. So what did I learn. I put a Kreg screw thru the case and face frame on the next to last screw..&%^*&&. after 15 screws !!! clamping face frames to carcass by yourself is fun. One shelf stretcher is did that happen…more touch up from pocket screws. In...

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Part 11: Raised Panel Door labor of love, 5 to go

12-18-2020 09:19 PM by oldguy2 | 2 comments »

And after many reasons for delays, I completed the 6 poplar panels slightly oversized. Checked the frames. notice each frame is a bridle joint with tongue and groove joint and a notch in the corner for the panel. I used a table saw for the tenons and groove since this poplar proved so hard on my router bits. Each frame was labeled and corners labeled. I have a vertical panel raising bit and you increment the fence back after a pass to get the depth you want. ...

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Part 12: Learning Raised Panel Doors...the finishing

01-23-2021 11:43 PM by oldguy2 | 3 comments »

Six doors 16 inch by 29 inch. So what can I say I learned….my photo is over the megabite limit…no pic for you.1. As I put on the Poly I knew these were the real show off part of the bookcase , the part anyone would look at more than the countertop or the shelf pieces. 2. All the sanding I had done on the wavy edges was about to pay off. The poly and color of the stain looked great. no extra dark spots to the end grain.3. I had filled any gaps with wood putty that I thin...

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