3.5 hour bookshelf

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Project by LoganN posted 06-30-2014 01:58 AM 2225 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I realized we needed some things moved around and I said – I’ve for some wood and this would be a great place for a bookshelf. When she said “go do it right now!”, who was I to argue?

The bookshelf is 19” wide and 40” tall. The top is maple and the sides are cherry ply dadoed into maple runners. The shelves are poplar boards that had a decent color match to the maple. I used Kreg joinery most of the way through and finished the whole thing off with Danish oil.

I’m really excited by this because I’ve been building so
Many cutting boards lately that I was afraid that was all I could do! It felt good to belt this out in under 4 hours (after finishing) and my wife really likes it. A good day!

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#1 posted 06-30-2014 04:26 AM

I like it, however I am a bit jealous since I have a half finished bookshelf that has been sitting in my shop for over a week.

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#2 posted 06-30-2014 12:07 PM

I really like the contrast between the maple and cherry. I’m in awe about it only taking you 3 1/2 hours. Very nicely done!

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#3 posted 06-30-2014 01:43 PM

4 hours!!! Where is your labor? Just kidding. Wish I could knock stuff out that fast, but I suppose when you are in a hurry and making it for yourself, things do typically go faster. Still, great job in 4 hours.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#4 posted 06-30-2014 02:12 PM

Am I the only one who does not know what “Keegan Joinery” is? Little help, please.

-- Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?

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#5 posted 06-30-2014 02:14 PM

Nice job! I really like this design. :-)

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#6 posted 06-30-2014 02:16 PM

Thanks guys! It was fun to do and I did take a few shortcuts since it was for the house. I often try to make it so the attachment points for various parts aren’t visible, or I make it so that only glue and friction can hold it together. I didn’t do that with this one. If you look under the top and the shelves you can see all the meet screw holes. I like it though. We’re talking about redoing our kitchen and I might make cabinets to match this

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#7 posted 06-30-2014 03:35 PM

Marc2Much – that should read Kreg joinery. Unfortunately I use my phone for all my pictures and other stuff and I just switched to an iPhone, and I forget to check autocorrect! Sorry – I fixed it in the description.

Although maybe I’ll create a new Joinery system now!

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#8 posted 06-30-2014 06:00 PM

I know what you mean about cutting boards… I’m glad people like them and it helps pay the bills but some days I don’t want to see another board for a long long time. I usually cut on my counter top just to avoid using one…

-- @craftcollectif ,,

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