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Project by Blackie_ posted 07-25-2017 01:38 PM 1383 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a bookcase for my office as the one I had was a small partial board with veneer that I quickly outgrew.

I might be cutting myself short here on this build but I didn’t want to put a lot of time and effort so I chose to go with 3/4” x 10” white pine from the local box store instead of doing it right by using either ply or hardwood. For the top and bottom supports I made the 3/4” dado’s leaving 3” space up from the bottom. I found one of the draw backs of using pine once the top and bottom were finished drying, one of the walls had a slight twist along with a sag inward on both walls so I had to cut yet another dado to insert a center section for extra support and to remove the twist.

Everyone knows the ole saying measure twice and cut once well that didn’t actually apply in my case as I did just that but yet the cuts were still short only because the measurements I drew on paper were wrong, I forgot to allow for the dado cuts. I measured inside to inside wall and not inside of dado to dado. :) LOL No worries I fixed the mishap by cutting the two top and bottom support boards in half and adding a 2” splice in the center via biscuit joiner and clamping.

When it came to adding the center support board I didn’t didn’t want to sacrifice my last 6’ board to bridge the center so I used two extra pieces from other cuts I had left over to once again biscuit join them together making a long enough piece for the center.

From the remaining 6’ board I had left over I cut 3/4’ x 1/8” long strips to use as edge beading to hide the dado’s

The top and bottom section I allowed for adjustable shelving, using a piece of peg board as my template to space the 1/4” dowel holes and just used 1/4” dowels for the shelf supports. I added 3” wide trim to the bottom.

I also needed an extra office drawer so I incorporated into the bookcase a housing with a drawer to hold extra office supplies also made from the left over pine, the drawer and housing are setting loose so they can be moved around.

Once it was complete I went over the bookcase with minwax special walnut 224 stain and a single coat of pure gloss poly. It measures 70” x 32” x 10”

Thanks for viewing

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#1 posted 07-25-2017 02:38 PM

It looks nice!

-- Janice

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#2 posted 07-25-2017 03:56 PM

GREAT JOB Randy :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 07-25-2017 04:33 PM

Nice bookcase, Randy? No hidden compartments??


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

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#4 posted 07-25-2017 04:38 PM

Thanks Janice, Hunter and Jim. Don’t give me any ideas Jim. :)

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#5 posted 07-25-2017 08:21 PM

Randy, You will be living with it forever, unless you choose to build another. LOL! Same with Sauder stuff. I usually run a support on the front edge of my shelving to reduce potential warpage or sag.

I’m thinking “Practical” or “furniture grade”? for my bookcase project. I want furniture grade, but I have lots of construction quality material. And I will have to live with it and the next person as well. So the books are sitting in portable metal bookcases. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 07-25-2017 10:30 PM

Bookcases are a real thinking activity and uness you have cad plans that are already proven its my experience some resawing will always occur.
I think you did a good job on then, remembering unless you are storing records and the such technology is overtaking printed material.
I made a box for my woodworking magazine collection some years ago, but now I find never read them as I check on the net first, so they are just taking up space and weigh a ton!

Biscuit joints love them, others hate them however they are used often by me.
If you get right into them Lamello produces clamex S requiring no glue and also make Metal biscuit hinges detachable biscuits too, havent tried any of them but there must be a market for them.

Good thinking on the pegboard, I will have to go buy a sheet next timber run for cutting up for drilling templates

Pine is a timber notorious for twisting, its a grade above fire wood in the timber merchants around here, so bad that you have to pick through to get usable pieces otherwise 50% end up in the bin as unusable if you just haul it out and load it up.

The finish is good and it will see out another era for sure.

Hey BTW Nice work ion the band saw box shelf and your been busy doing band saw boxes too!

-- Regards Rob

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#7 posted 07-26-2017 02:09 AM

Looks good and ready to be filled .
I like pine and a centre fixed shelf is always good for this kind of height.


-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 07-26-2017 12:03 PM

Randy, you did a very nice job on this bookcase.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 07-26-2017 12:04 PM

Thanks Tom, I did research here before taking on the project and a lot were made out of hardwood and or ply. I prob should have used ply but oh well :).

Thanks Rob, Not sure why anyone would hate biscuit joints, they provide strength and are hidden.

Thanks Klaus, yes on the height, it was a learning experience.

Thanks Charles.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#10 posted 07-27-2017 12:24 AM

Randy, Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 07-27-2017 11:40 AM

Thanks Grumpy

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#12 posted 07-28-2017 11:54 AM

Very nice and functional project. I use a lot of White pine for the projects that the kiddos make at school. Its soft, super easy to work with, and inexpensive which is nice because there are lots of errors in my classes (part of learning, right?) The downside is it warps like crazy, which makes fitting joinery a tough task. For a project like this I think you made the right choice. I also love the shelf with all the bandsaw boxes!!

Great work as always, Randy!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#13 posted 07-30-2017 10:08 PM

Thanks Tooch.

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#14 posted 08-29-2017 04:19 PM

Nice work.

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