Bookcase on a Budget

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Project by pappyjohn posted 04-22-2008 03:57 AM 2119 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello All, this bookcase I made in Jan. 08. The lumber store, Busy Beaver had a good sale on 1×10 x 6’, for 2.99 apiece pine of course. So I got some and decided to build it. Its 12 inches deep, 44” wide, and 67 1/2” tall. I stained it Puritan Pine and put semi-gloss poly on it. I’m posting this because, Projects don’t need to cost alot, or take forever to make. As long as you enjoy and have fun. Thanks for looking.

Total cost: 10 boards x 2.99 = __ not much


-- Your Brother in WoodWorking John, Pittsburgh , PA.

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#1 posted 04-22-2008 04:12 AM

Very cost effective & versatile John.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#2 posted 04-22-2008 04:17 AM

So far , so good !
I was wondering if you were going to put a back on it or if it will be secured to a wall to let the wall color show through around the books and if the single thickness shelves will support books without sagging being nearly 4’ wide.The color is excellent and the “raised panel ” ends add alot to the piece ….

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#3 posted 04-22-2008 09:36 AM

Looks like a great project … must be some heavy pine John … looks like it managed to turn the whole room sideways! : X

PS … don’t ever tell my wife “Projects don’t need to cost alot” ... her markup is outrageous! lol

-- Lip's Dysfuncational Firewood Farm, South Bend, IN

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#4 posted 04-22-2008 11:39 AM

looking good

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#5 posted 04-22-2008 11:57 AM


This is a nice booKcase. Pine is a pretty wood to work with and the knots add character to the piece. The raised panels add a nice touch to the piece as well.

Thanks for the post.

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

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Ad Marketing Guy - Bill

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#6 posted 04-22-2008 02:13 PM

You created a good buy into a great project- nice job

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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#7 posted 04-22-2008 04:06 PM

John, good point. Affordability, functionality, and excellent design. You nailed this one on the head.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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Allan Branch

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#8 posted 05-01-2008 12:42 AM

pappy it looks great, is there a place to see how you built it? I am a newbie sorry if its a dumb question.

-- Exploring woodworking as a hobby, I will probably end up with a few less fingers.

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#9 posted 05-01-2008 12:46 AM

great job pappy !

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