Bookcase wall unit

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Project by Jim posted 03-13-2008 01:00 AM 2368 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Slightly modified plans from Family Handyman. Turned out to be a little more involved than I thought! It’s red oak and oak plywood. The main thing I’d add if you decide to make this program is that just cutting the curves with a jigsaw or bandsaw doesn’t work unless you’re a lot better at it than I am. I ended up making a template out of mdf and using it and a pilot bit to make a smooth curve. It’s finished with a BLO-poly-mineral spirits mix.

If I were doing it again I’d improve some built-up molding for the tops rather than the large dentils that the plan calls for.

The picture doesn’t look great, since I took it with my phone, but hopefully it gives you some idea of the project. This unit is in the master bedroom directly across from the bed. Now I have to work on the rest of the bedroom suite!

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#1 posted 03-13-2008 01:11 AM

Looks good to me. Also very functional.

I kind of like the large dentils. That was the first thing that caught my eye.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 03-13-2008 01:11 AM

Looks good. Also looks like you like to watch a lot of movies!


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#3 posted 03-13-2008 01:32 AM

Thanks! Actually those are books, mostly. But there are a lot of movies in the living room. The wife and kids watch them again and again, so they get their money out of them. I’d rather borrow or rent them than buy them. Once I’ve seen it, it’s not likely I want to see it again (with some exceptions).

Just checked out your website, Tim … those lamps are really beautiful.

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#4 posted 03-13-2008 01:40 AM

This is a very nice bookcase. I am like Gary the dentils were the first thing I noticed and thought that they were unique. As such they add a nice detail to the piece.

thanks for the post. I have enjoyed looking at your work.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 03-13-2008 02:37 AM

Looks great! I like the dentils also. Adds nice interest to the piece.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#6 posted 03-13-2008 12:28 PM

fine looking unit jim , youll get many years of enjoyment from it

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#7 posted 03-14-2008 06:43 AM

Great looking unit. I better not show this to my daughter. I bet she has enough DVD’s and tapes to fill this!

Thanks for posting.


-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 03-14-2008 09:47 AM

That is an outstanding entertainment center. Nice job.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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