Open Top Bookshelf

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Project by Brian S posted 09-24-2017 05:59 PM 2302 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been a while since my last project! About 4 years ago, I moved across the country into a tiny apartment and had to downsize my whole shop to just what would fit in a single, small tool box in the closet. A few years later, we’re back into a house with room for a shop and I’m starting to build up my workshop again and regain some lost skills.

The first project I wanted to tackle was this version of the open-top bookshelf from Chris Schwarz’s “The Anarchist’s Design Book”. I modified the dimensions somewhat to accomodate the books we were expecting to put on it – children’s books are funny sizes!

Sides and shelves are made from quality pine boards, dadoed and nailed together. The back is ripped down from 2x lumber, shiplapped, and painted. Paint on the back is milk paint, and the entire thing got a few coats of boiled linseed oil.

Thanks for looking! It feels great to be woodworking again! Soon I’ll have to build a new bench.

-- Brian

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#1 posted 09-24-2017 06:25 PM

Beautifully done. Glad to see you back into wood working.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#2 posted 09-24-2017 09:34 PM

You did a fine job on this bookcase.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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