door bookshelf

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Project by Dennis Fletcher posted 03-30-2013 02:31 PM 1279 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures as I went.

The sides are made from two sections of a 6 panel door, trimmed down to 12” and the height was brought to about 6’-6.

I put channels inside the sides to accommodate the shelves, which are 3/4”x10” knotty pine. These are all fixed shelves, approximately 12” height, to accommodate larger books and binders. (The height may be a bit more.)

I sanded and stained the shelve Chestnut, prior to installing. The dark color just looked really nice with the knotty pine.

I I added 1 1/2” boards to the front and top, then routed in place, (Something I learned the hard way on previous shelf units) then painted them hunter green prior to attaching them to the unit.

I also sanded the old paint off and fixed all of the imperfections of the door sides. After getting it the way I wanted it, I was able to paint them hunter green, as well.

I installed all the pieces, covered all of the screw holes, sanded where needed, then touched up the paint.

The top shelf in the only shelf that I waited to stain until assembled, because of the installation process, I would have had to “touch-up” the top where I inserted the screws and covered.

After it was all put together, I put several coats of high gloss polyurethane on it.

I chose to not put a back on this one, however, any others I do, will most likely get a beaded back, probably painted hunter green.

Thanks for looking.

--, Making design and application one. †

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#1 posted 03-30-2013 03:45 PM

I like the door idea! I may have to look around the salvage yard or Restore to see what I can find!

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. If traffic is passing you on the right, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG DAMN LANE.

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Dennis Fletcher

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#2 posted 03-30-2013 11:40 PM

realize, if you use an old door, there is a lot of prep and repair work. You may need 2 doors to get 2 good sides, that is what happened to me.

Next one I do will start with a new pine door blank.

--, Making design and application one. †

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#3 posted 04-02-2013 06:43 PM

Great idea on the doors. Like the simple design but looks good with the paint. Well done!

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