"Office" Shelves

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Project by L3Woodworks posted 11-11-2008 11:38 PM 1429 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

After my first successful excursion into building furniture, I spent a few months worrying over my ever-growing collection of CDs and DVDs, and how to store them without piling them on my desktop or even worse, the floor. So I decided I wanted to build a chest of drawers to hold them. On the top were CDs and DVDs and on the bottom were a couple drawers sized right for floppy disks (back when I had some), as well as a few odds and ends.

Unfortunately, the only space I had available to hold something like that was a really small bookcase I bought at Office Depot. And after measuring it, I realized it wouldn’t work. So I added adjustable shelves to the plan, and the result is what you see.

These were the first drawers I ever built, and I learned an awful lot making them. Like how to be sure you tighten the collet on your borrowed router and check it for tightness frequently. If you don’t, you could end up with a searing hot router bit lodged in your gut! Or, if you’re lucky, like me, the collet will fly across the street and land in the gutter (Thank Heaven I found that!), and you’ll never see the bit again. I also learned that glue squeeze-out is not good in combination with a dark stain, but luckily, that problem was limited to the insides of the drawers. Oh yeah! And I also learned that you can never trust your dad’s radial arm saw to make a square cut. Dang thing seemed to always have the tiniest fraction of a bevel in every cut! Borrowed tools and inexperienced woodworkers = Trouble!

The frame and shelves are made out of pre-milled pine from Home Depot. The drawers are made out of 1/2 inch poplar with pine fronts. Store-bought drawer pulls.

Not elegant, but inexpensive and functional. Still one of my favorite pieces. Now if I could just figure out how to keep it uncluttered…

-- We are all just one moment of arrogance away from disaster

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#1 posted 02-16-2009 07:39 AM

Cool, great design

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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