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Project by robbi posted 09-27-2009 07:23 PM 1867 views 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built my daughter a bookcase a few years ago and then she moved away to college and didn’t have room for it. I stole it out of her bedroom and replaced it with my old tatty one. A few months ago she moved to Berkeley to start on her master’s (just had to give you that little detail-so proud) and unfortunately for me, she had room for her bookcase. I tried to convince her it would be better if she had one from IKEA to match everything else she bought but she said “no mom, I like being able to tell people you built it” what was I gonna do? I was going to build a duplicate for myself, but I really don’t like building the same thing twice, plus I had done it out of my head and couldn’t really remember how I had done it. So I started looking thru books looking for something I liked. I wanted to build something without a back and I found this in a book I have. It was smaller than what I wanted so I decided to just add a foot here and there and another shelf and make it the size I wanted. I had never done mortise and tennons before (the sides) so that was a challenge, but they turned out ok. The thru motises and the wedges probably took the longest. Those are on the top and bottom shelves only and are supposed to secure the whole thing. I wasn’t happy with the wiggle I got (I think I may have enlarged it a little too much) so I ended up putting brads in the ends of the other shelves just for stability. You can’t even see them. I’m a little worried about getting some bowing in the shelves once I load books on it but I am building an entertainment center next and I plan on having some shelving in it, so I can always transfer some of the books if it gets to be too much. So…probably more info than you needed but there you have it anyway. Comments welcome, but remember I am a novice, be gentle.

-- Robin, California

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#1 posted 09-27-2009 08:15 PM

looks good. i built one about half that size, same style. I got mine right out of a book as well. It doesn’t wobble so it probably has to do with the height.

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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#2 posted 09-27-2009 11:52 PM

Great Job Robbi. Looks very crisp and clean.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#3 posted 10-01-2009 06:22 PM

Nicely done. Go Cal.

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