Simple Pine Bookshelf

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Project by mtalley posted 07-15-2019 10:46 PM 1009 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As my wife was moving into her newly completed attic studio, she found that she was in need of some additional bookshelves. She has piles of books and reference material. She asked me, ever so sweetly, to put together some simple bookshelves that would fit in, but not overpower her space.

Her shelves are made of Grade 2 (full of knots) Big Box Lumber Store white pine and it took about an hour to cut them out and an hour to put them together. I cut everything outside in the yard on saw horses, not in the shop, and used my tracksaw for everything, except the shelf cuts. I made rabbet joints for the bottom and shelves, inset the one piece back and glued everything really well before nailing it together. I had some of the materials and supplies, bringing the total cost of the shelves to less than $40 each. My wife put two coats of yellow milk paint on them and then two coats of satin spar varnish, sanding lightly between coats.

I ended up doing two versions of the shelves for her, giving her around twenty-three liner feet of shelf space in the attic and giving her shelf options for some of the large, over-sized books. The two-shelf design is the one shown, but I added links for the measured drawings for both types below. If you build a version, let me know.

Double Shelf Drawing:

Single Shelf Drawing:

I also did a video of the finished product with the paint and varnish on it here:

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#1 posted 07-16-2019 11:01 AM

Nice work! If the wife is happy everyone is happy.

-- Clark

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#2 posted 07-16-2019 09:21 PM


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