Bookcase for friends

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Project by LoganN posted 04-08-2016 11:42 AM 1659 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Friends of ours asked em to make a bookcase, based on a drawing they made, to fit a specific area of their house. The only catch was that the husband wanted to help build it. Like many of us, i’m completely self-taught, so having someone else in the shop with me was a little intimidating, but it was a lot of fun. I also had some artistic license, so i made a few basic changes to the design, like the thicker face frame and wrapping the top and bottom pieces around the sides
This is made out of plywood with maple facing. I used pocket screws to build the face frame and biscuits to join it to the body. The biggest issues I had were that I forgot maple doesn’t stain as nicely as the plywood, so I had to do some creative chemistry to match the face frame to the body and the spray lacquer I used didn’t like the cold weather and started getting cloudy in spots. I had the back cut at HD before I built the body, so (of course) it was about 1/2” too long and required several trimmings until it fit. I had 40 minutes to put this on before he came over to help move it to his house and I hurried—- which resulted in a scratch on the top from the clamp, a loud swear word from me, a dent on the top where another clamp fell, another swear word from me, and 3 places in the back where the nail gun just missed the shelf and left an ugly mark, and then more swear words from me.
The important thing is that it came out well and they are really happy with it.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 04-08-2016 03:58 PM

Very nice job on the bookcase/shelf !!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Roger Gaborski

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#2 posted 04-08-2016 05:08 PM

It turned out great!

-- Roger

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#3 posted 04-08-2016 07:27 PM

Fantastic project!

I understand the “help” situation. Most of the time does more harm than good.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 04-08-2016 08:15 PM

Very nice job. In fact every session I have is based on swearwords. My wife will say “how did it go in the shop? I didn’t hear much swearing.”

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#5 posted 04-09-2016 01:42 AM

Look great! I like how you broke up the shelving run in the bottom right hand corner as it really gives the whole unit a distinct look.

And the creation of new swearwords is a good barometer for how well a project is going for me as well.

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#6 posted 04-09-2016 02:48 AM

Nice looking bookcase and everyone is happy, and in the end, that’s the most important factor,

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#7 posted 04-09-2016 03:41 PM

Beautiful bookcase. Someone told me the key to good woodworking is how well you can hide your mistakes!

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#8 posted 04-09-2016 04:14 PM

I personally don’t make mistakes. I meant to make this side shorter than the other. It’s called artistic vision. As Steve Ramsey calls it, “extra fancy”

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#9 posted 04-09-2016 08:29 PM

This bookcase turned out nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#10 posted 04-10-2016 03:04 AM

Thanks for the comments and the swear words understanding! I enjoyed this project and it came out well

I have to admit that I was surprised this project made it to daily top 3 when my gorgeous live edge dining room table seems to have been overlooked – and that is much more beautiful than this! Lol

Thanks again guys!

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