Book Shelf for Daughter

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Project by woodsoldier posted 07-25-2009 05:11 AM 3057 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This took forever, I made the sides from Poplar, the back is 1/4 Baltic birch ply, the shelves are 3/4 oak plywood, I did the edge banding with the Kreg Jig, I cut the curves with a jig saw and used rasps and files to get the final. Its finished with Minwax pre stain conditioner and then 9, yes, 9 coats of Minwax poly stain. First time I used the poly and stain in one step. Although the final finish is very nice, I think I will stick with the control of stain and then poly. Also this is the first time I cut Dado’s with a shop made Jig, I loved the way they turned out. Very straight and almost to tight.

-- Retired from Active Duty

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#1 posted 07-25-2009 06:21 AM

Yeah! I like it. What is the stain? Did you rabbet in the back or glue/pin it? The dados look good and strong. Nice work.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#2 posted 07-25-2009 11:49 AM

As long as your daughter likes it and you like it thats all that matters. I think you did a fine job. Looks like a lot of work and a solid build.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 07-25-2009 01:23 PM

Very Nice WS!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#4 posted 07-25-2009 01:32 PM

I really like your bookcase.
I too made my dados as you did with 2 straight boards. I found that to be tedious.
The final outcome looks great!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#5 posted 07-25-2009 03:07 PM

Good looking bookcase.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#6 posted 07-25-2009 03:48 PM

Nice bookcase, WS. I like the stain color. Looks rich.

-- Randy, DeKalb, Illinois

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#7 posted 07-25-2009 05:08 PM

Thanks folks, the Stain is Bombay Mahogany Satin. The Back is sitting in a 1/4 inch rabbet that I stopped at the bottom of the bottom shelf, and at the top of the top self. That way, you don’t see the rabbet, I am very happy with it. However, as I said, I don’t think I will buy any more of the Poly-stain, it is a bit harder to work with then regular stain I think.

-- Retired from Active Duty

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#8 posted 07-25-2009 08:53 PM

Love the book case…I am working on one myself….was wondering how you made you jig for the dados? That is what I am struggling with now.

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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#9 posted 07-19-2010 08:35 PM

You never know when putting picture up describing a project will help out in ANOTHER project someone is working on. JUST YESTERDAY I was noodling how I was going to make a slot in a board for a project of mine, and while “knew” I could do it with a router, I needed to SEE it for it all to come togather, so THANKS WOODSOLDIER! :-)

I think the above may have made no sense to anyone else than me….. ;-)

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#10 posted 07-19-2010 10:29 PM

LOL, Milo and Randy, sorry for the delay here, I have been sleeping at the switch, the Jig is just 1×1 lumber glued to 1/4 hardboard. The Key is to mark the side of your router you want to ride on the fence and keep that side against the fence going both ways, use a the same straight bit your going to use to make the dado’s.

-- Retired from Active Duty

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