Giant Bookshelf

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Project by IantheTinker posted 03-09-2018 03:21 PM 1167 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a 9 foot tall bookshelf I made for my wife, it is based on the Jay Bates plans. It is made from 2×12’s and the shelves sit in dados, which I cut with a router (certainly a learning experience). The shelf was not stable enough sitting on the floor alone, so I was going to anchor it to the wall with a short arm of sorts (I have radiators all around the bottom of my walls, forcing everything to sit roughly 3 inches from the wall), but my wife asked if I could lift it up and screws it directly to the wall. So that is what I did, I attached strips of scrap to the back of the shelf, each scrap spanning a few shelves, screwed the scraps to each shelf and then screwed through the back of the unit, through the scraps, and into the studs. I used 3 1/8” screws with washers, which are largely covered by books and whatnot.

I finished it with a dark, coffee-like stain from Minwax that I can’t seem to recollect the name of, and then a few coats of a 50/50 Shellac and denatured alcohol mix.

Thank you for taking a look.


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#1 posted 04-04-2018 05:42 PM

Good lookin’ bookshelf, but how heavy is that thing?

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#2 posted 04-04-2018 11:54 PM

Good lookin bookshelf, but how heavy is that thing?

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It is made from pine, so it isn’t too dense, I can carry it at waist level on my own. I would guess maybe 80-90 pounds?


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