Free Bookcase

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Project by C_Philhower posted 12-04-2012 04:03 AM 1941 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Really just kind of free. The entire bookcase was made from leftovers materials from when I installed wainscoting in my daughter’s bedroom. This worked out great because not only would it match the room, but I wouldn’t have to spend a dime. The build process was almost identical to the wainscoting install, but with a shelf and a top. As usual, I took too long to finish it, but my wife was really happy and so am I. Plus it keeps all of my daughter’s books off of the floor.

-- If you would not be forgotten, As soon as you are dead and rotten, Either write things worthy reading, Or do things worth the writing. -Ben Franklin

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#1 posted 12-04-2012 04:12 AM

super looking book case.


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#2 posted 12-04-2012 08:01 AM

Nice use of leftovers. Classic look with this unit.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 12-04-2012 09:12 AM

Very nice! We really need more painted pieces on LJs. I forget just how nice painted WW can be. Well done!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#4 posted 12-04-2012 01:38 PM

Great job!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 12-04-2012 04:36 PM

Thanks for the compliments. I think a lot of guys here go by the same adage that my father passed onto me:

You stain good wood, you paint the cheap stuff.

Making stuff out of MDf is a love hate relationship, it is cheap and relatively easy to work with, but makes a huge mess and takes a lot of work to get it painted. I think this took about 5 coats of paint to get good even coverage.

-- If you would not be forgotten, As soon as you are dead and rotten, Either write things worthy reading, Or do things worth the writing. -Ben Franklin

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#6 posted 12-04-2012 05:35 PM

Your small book shelf looks great. I like the style and I also agree with your father’s adage (You stain good wood, you paint the cheap stuff) ....all the best

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#7 posted 12-04-2012 07:50 PM

Free bookcase = free awesome! I like how it matches.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#8 posted 12-05-2012 02:07 AM

great way to get organized. and make the wife happy. happy wife more tools for you!

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