First Project (that wasn't carpentry or gardening related)

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I made this small bookcase this past winter. I cannot remember from where I borrowed the design. My dad gave me some 100 year old oak shelves from an old store he’d bought and converted into apartments. I asked a friend to joint and plane them for me as I did not, at that time, have anything but a table saw, a kreg jig, a miter saw, and some clamps. It’s finished with two coats of varathane satin poly. I had to glue up the sides and shelves but I learned so much from this project: 1.) glue ups take time and patience. 2.) pocket screws are a great way to attach shelves, but you have to be careful to ensure they’re level. 3.) Finishing is a lot harder than it looks. 4.) I need to learn to use hand planes.

Thanks for looking and I’d be happy to have some constructive criticism as it keeps my self esteem in check! :)

-- "Without lethality, it's just a parade."

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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 07-10-2011 11:00 PM

Wish I could say my first project came out that nice.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#2 posted 07-20-2011 04:47 AM

Thanks David. I’m a little intimidated by the projects I see here, but I have to continuously remind myself that I’m my worst critic, most of the time, and that everyone was a beginner at some time in their life.

-- "Without lethality, it's just a parade."

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