Big Bookcase

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Project by TJ11 posted 12-02-2018 12:52 AM 1052 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We needed a big bookcase with lots of room that had adjustable shelves. This fit the bill. Not very difficult to build but at 12’ long it is the biggest bookcase I’ve ever done. Casework is 3/4” MDF, tongue & grooved planked backing, face frame and shelf stiffeners are all poplar I had laying around the shop. Everything got 3 coats of Valspar Cabinet Enamel. Not sure I’ll ever go with MDF again. It’s heavy , makes a crazy amount of dust when cut, and sucks up paint like a sponge. All in all, it turned out ok and the MDF does have a great smooth look when finished. Sorry the cell pics aren’t so hot – the thing was so big I really struggled to get back far enough to fit it in the frame.

-- If I had more money, I'd have more tools

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#1 posted 12-02-2018 01:54 AM

Very Nice Project & Well Done!

Rick S.

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#2 posted 12-02-2018 02:25 AM

Nice. That is a lot of shelf space. I am envious ;)

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#3 posted 12-02-2018 02:50 AM

Your post prompted me to investigate MDF… indeed it is what I thought it was…. you had to generate a lot of dust with this project…. I admit I’m not ready for that kind of sandstorm…. but when all is said and done the project looks great !... I certainly got an education by studying it. Thanks.

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