First Woodworking Project

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Project by Luke posted 01-21-2015 06:11 AM 1836 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was going through my photos on my computer and I came across this. This bookshelf was my first ‘official’ woodworking project. Before this I had repurposed some things and painted some things but this was built from scratch. I got the plans from New Yankee Workshop, like season 1.

I had to buy a table saw (RYOBI Plastic) and for my birthday my wife bought me a router. I already had a circular saw from a construction project. I made this on the cement of my garage floor, no workbench no jigs.

The frame was half-lapped white pine, the carcass birch plywood. Painted and then rubbed with extra stain on hand to distress it.

My wife wanted some pottery barn ones that were crazy expensive, these with the cost of tools cost I think $400 for a pair. They did a great job holding our college books, and now have since moved on to other college students.

It was a blast reflecting back on building these, my first time routing something, half-laps with a cheap plastic saw (a miracle I didn’t loose a finger) and they lasted for years!

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#1 posted 01-18-2015 10:49 PM

Very nice first project. It is obvious that you knew how to use that plastic saw. Great job.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#2 posted 01-19-2015 01:16 AM

Looks good, especially for your first project! I have one similar I made last year.

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#3 posted 01-19-2015 02:44 AM

Luke, kudos on a great looking shelf regardless of your experience at the time. I’m impressed you were able to get that quality as a piece using the tools and work space you had at the time. One question though. I want to know what your wife thinks about you moving on to other college students! ;)

-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net?

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#4 posted 01-19-2015 03:32 AM

Greg: The BOOKSHELVES lol, not me, I don’t think she’d be too happy about the other way…

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#5 posted 01-20-2015 08:43 PM

Great first project. Many more creations to come I’m sure.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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