First try at wood working, built in bookshelves

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Project by hammester posted 07-21-2011 03:22 PM 3843 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this was my first ever attempt at working with wood, I had literally never even made a small box before. I definitely learned a lot on the way and kind of just winged it as I went. One thing is for sure I now have a strong hatred for dowels :) I was not precise enough when drilling the holes for the dowels in the face frame so on one or two of the boards there is a little hump. I use 3/4 inch oak plywood for the shelves and the bottom and top of the cabinets. For the face from I used solid oak. The only wood working tools I had at the time were a table saw and miter saw and I had no idea about the different kind of joints available which is why I used dowels for the face frame and to hold the shelves up.

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#1 posted 07-21-2011 03:50 PM

Looks pretty-darned good for a first effort!

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#2 posted 07-21-2011 04:02 PM

Well, I think that you have done a mighty fine job on these wall units and you deserve to be proud of them and I hope that you have gotten a good taste of woodworking that was pleasing to you and that you will never stop coming back for more. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 07-21-2011 04:10 PM

you have got a lot of talent.
i’ll bet there is nothing you could not make now

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#4 posted 07-21-2011 04:23 PM

Awesome job

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#5 posted 07-21-2011 04:48 PM

Looks great. Love the box of nilla wafers. My favorite!

-- "I believe that our Heavenly Father invented man because he was disappointed in the monkey." - Mark Twain

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#6 posted 07-21-2011 05:00 PM

Thanks guys, I forgot to add that I did not make the cabinet doors or fronts, I had those custom made since I did not even know what a router was lol.

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#7 posted 07-21-2011 06:02 PM

Nice job on this. Im sure your bride in the pics is very proud to look at that everyday. Now you can build the future. ————————————————


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#8 posted 07-21-2011 06:16 PM

Nice first project! Try a Kreg jig for your face frames, easy way to get started, and relatively inexpensive.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, [email protected] Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#9 posted 07-21-2011 06:16 PM

You are well on your way to making many things for your house and home. Good job.


-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#10 posted 07-21-2011 06:25 PM

First or 50th… Looks like fine work. Congrats!

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#11 posted 07-21-2011 10:44 PM

I hope my in-progress built-ins come out looking as good!

-- Every time I walk in my shop I thank my dad, my geometry teacher, and my drafting that order.

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#12 posted 07-22-2011 01:11 AM

Nice job on the built-in.

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#13 posted 07-22-2011 07:05 PM

You have found a hidden talent and have shown a certain flare for style and proportion. It’s too late to turn back now. You are in it for the long hall. Can’t wait to see your next efforts.
By the way, you might consider using cheaper wood than solid oak, or oak veneered plywood, if you intend to paint a piece.

-- Then, Than, Their, There, They're, To, Too, Two.....Pine, Maple, Walnut....We need to know the difference.....

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#14 posted 07-25-2011 02:05 PM

I wish my first project looked like this. Your skill levels are above me.

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#15 posted 07-29-2011 09:53 PM

Very nice built in hammester.
If this is your first, I am looking forward to your next project:)

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