Adjustable tabletop bookshelf

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Project by Chestnut Hill Woodworks posted 09-18-2012 04:44 PM 9034 views 28 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I took a fundamentals of woodworking class through The Woodworkers Club in Rockville, MD over the weekend and this is what we made. The class was geared towards helping new woodworkers learn a lot of basics and get some experience with many common shop machines and tools. The bookshelf is made out of oak and mahogany and was finished with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. It ended up being the perfect piece for on top of the throne.

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#1 posted 09-18-2012 05:11 PM

Classy and clever at the same time.
I live in Manassas, VA, but I might have to trek out to Rockville for some of those classes.
Oh and the toilet is a great place for a library. LOL

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#2 posted 09-18-2012 05:15 PM

That’s a strange tabletop!

Very nice project and great result!

-- jay,

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#3 posted 09-18-2012 08:01 PM

Love the idea of an adjustable bookshelf but I was thinking more along the lines of on the kitchen counter where I have a varying number of cook books. I’m saving this one because I want to make one for my kitchen.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#4 posted 09-19-2012 03:26 PM

Very practical and attractive shelf. I can think of several places it would be nice to have a one!

Do you know if the plans are available online? (yes, I know you showed us all the finished pieces but I am definitely a “work from a plan” sorta gal – even if I alter the plan, at least I have someplace to start!).

That is great that the woodworkers club puts on a class like that!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#5 posted 09-19-2012 04:20 PM

RDR, that is very cool, and very nice…. do you know where I might find plans for that !

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#6 posted 09-23-2012 02:59 AM

I saw something similar in a museum in Wyoming and too a bazillion pictures with a dollar bill for scale. Your in-process pictures make the whole idea look a lot easier to make! Thanks for sharing the step-by-step

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#7 posted 10-08-2012 04:10 PM

The plans were provided in class, but they look like a photocopy of a photocopy so you can barely read anything. If I can get a clean version or resource for the steps I will def share it.

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#8 posted 10-11-2012 12:06 AM

Awesome design, your pics make it look so simple.

-- You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do. - Henry Ford

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#9 posted 01-27-2013 08:33 PM

You’ve done a great job on this. However, it’s not just a bookshelf. Its an infinitely adjustable multimedia containment center. Many many many many years ago, it held 8-tracks. Many many many years ago, it held cassettes. Many many years ago, it held CDs. Many years ago, it held DVDs. And now it holds Blue-Ray disks. And yes, you can use it for books too.

I’ve helped hundreds of students build these. They are a very forgiving project and make a nice gift for someone. I am curious though, did you apply the finish in class? If so, how did you transport it home. I’m not familiar with Arm-R-Seal finish.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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