Library bookcases

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Project by mitch48 posted 02-27-2013 05:01 PM 1076 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am a bibliophile … I just love to read. Moving from Southern California to the Central Coast required that my ‘friends’ be boxed and stored for nearly 2 1/2 years. I needed to liberate my books from the boxes, and yet be mindful that I am retired … therefore, I need to be ‘thrifty’. I settled on 1/2” sanded pine ply for the vertical support of the running shelf units, and 3/4” birch ply vertical supports for the stand-alone self unit. All of the shelves are 3/4” birch ply that were dadoed / rabbeted to permanent positions. The back boards of all of the shelf units were 1/2” sanded pine ply. Two coats of dark walnut stain, and three coats of gloss polyurethane tied the color together. The ply edges and unit bases were finished with pine trim from Home Depot, and finished the same as the rest of the project. It took about a month for all of this to come together (mainly because I am a bit OCD … but a lot of we woodworkers are). The cost was a bit under $600 for about 110 linear feet of shelf space.

Most importantly, I had a lot of fun doing it and my wife is happy that my ‘friends’ are home again.

-- "That which you do not know; the doing will quickly teach you."

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#1 posted 02-28-2013 04:19 PM

Nice looking shelves. I need to do something like this to liberate some of my friends still in boxes.

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#2 posted 03-01-2013 02:33 PM

Love them specially the shorter ones because kids can just easily reach for the books. Like the stain and the finish. Great job and library!

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#3 posted 03-01-2013 07:51 PM

lovely. I like the outlet on the base of the free standing book case. I’m hoping to do something similar with the spare room in a house I just bought.

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#4 posted 03-02-2013 04:24 AM

Love that! My wife and I love books too, she’d be too jealous if I showed this to her!

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