Cherry Bookcases

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Project by Wade Putnam posted 09-16-2008 09:28 PM 2705 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is the project that got me to set up my shop.
As a contractor I built our home about eight years ago, and had received a bid for $10,000 to build the
bookcases for my office.
I decided I could buy the tools necessary and the lumber for less money and still have the tools for future projects, so I started with a Jet table saw, a jointer, dust collector and a bunch of cherry lumber.
Plus I got the satisfaction of doing it myself.

-- Wade, Nashville,

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#1 posted 09-16-2008 10:46 PM

Very nice work.. being able to tell people that you made it is half the enjoyment.

-- It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 09-17-2008 12:59 AM

These bookcases are simply beautiful. These would be a compliment to any home’s decor.

Well done!!!

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

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#3 posted 09-17-2008 02:28 AM

Very very nice! That looks like it was a lot of fun.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#4 posted 09-17-2008 04:29 AM

hey…thats how I got started back in woodworkking!!! when my wife wanted outdoor furniture i said—-let me buy that much in tools and I will build it…well…i got the tools…but the furniture is in progress…

GReat book case…i love the wood…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 09-17-2008 04:52 AM

Beautiful wall of bookcases. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#6 posted 09-17-2008 07:15 AM

Very nice indeed!

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#7 posted 09-17-2008 06:32 PM

Great looking bookcase unit. You did a beautiful job on it. Looks like you should do more of the same type of work. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 09-18-2008 05:21 PM

Nice – your comment about the purchase of your tools is inline with the way I got started too. Great work!

-- Cov, Loomis, CA,

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#9 posted 09-18-2008 09:29 PM

A very, VERY, nice project. That case would be the envy of any private library or upscale law firm. Excellent work!

-- "The only thing that counts is faith, expressing itself in love." --Galatians 5:6

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#10 posted 10-23-2008 11:15 PM

Thats a beautiful wall of bookcases.

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#11 posted 05-26-2009 07:22 PM

Very nice.

-- Don, Flower Mound, TX

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#12 posted 05-27-2009 05:43 PM

Hey Wade
very nice looking book shelves. That’s pretty much how I bought my first shop tools I’m a 20 year contractor.

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Wade Putnam

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#13 posted 05-28-2009 03:00 PM

Thanks for all the kind words!
Remember, every new project is an excuse for a new tool!

-- Wade, Nashville,

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