Ash Bookcase

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Project by Andy Hauman posted 08-31-2017 10:22 AM 973 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Previously we had a free standing bookcase made from MDF with white enamel. The cats decided to use it and the carpet that used to be there as a litter box so one day I got mad and ripped up the MDF (and the carpet).

This project involved a good bit of trig. I knew the slope of the staircase, but the length of that side could only be determined with some math. Amazingly everything fit together! I’m still in shock about that. I did debate about trying to match a stain to the oak staircase behind, but ultimately decided that it would be too difficult because I don’t know what stain was originally used and because ash and oak might show the color differently. So I kept it with the natural color.

The tenons are screwed into the wall with GKR 5/16 screws. It may be a bit over engineered, but I didn’t want to take any chances.

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#1 posted 08-31-2017 12:56 PM

Looks great, Andy! I think this fits the space better than any free standing piece may have. I also like the contrasting color … good for you for keeping the ash natural. Good work!

How many cats? I have three indoor kitties … I can relate to the cat-proofing! LOL!

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#2 posted 08-31-2017 04:44 PM

You did a nice job on these wall shelves.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 08-31-2017 07:54 PM

Good looking bookcase! I prefer ash natural as well. I have a ton of it right now, all off my property thanks to the EAB infestation here in PA. Waiting on it to finish drying so I can find a final project for it!

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#4 posted 09-05-2017 09:12 PM

I like the natural color. Yes your math looks totally right from the pictures :) Did the kittehz try to climb on it BTW? ;)

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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