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Our church has a beautiful brick parsonage that no one has lived in for about 10 years. We recently decided to make some use of it by letting the children's Sunday School classes and the Awana kids use it. A couple of the teachers asked if we could move the children's books over to the parsonage, and since our library is overcrowded anyway, we said Yes immediately.

Someone suggested we move 2 of the bookcases from our current library over there. These are floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall units that are finished in dark wood, and I pointed out that simple white shelving would be better, and if we get some that are not so tall, the children could better access them. Well my lovely wife (bless her heart) said "You could build them, Joe."

We looked into buying, and I just couldn't see those WallyWorld style pressed-board pieces of crap holding up for very long, so I agreed to make something. Went to our local lumber yard/hardware supplier and for $120 I got some 12" shelf boards and a quart of white paint. I already had a sheet of 3/8 plywood to use for the back. I wanted to "dress it up" just a bit, so I cut out the hearts and glued a simple cross together. Used a bit of yellow paint I already had for an accent, and I'm pleased with the final product.

This unit is 6' long and 4' tall, and should last for a long time. Thanks for looking !

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Good God thats miraculous. Youre a saintly woodworker for sharing your God given talents in this wonderful way.

Nice Bookcase man!
 

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Nicely done, Joe! Much better than pressed board pieces of crap! The hearts and cross are a personalized touch that's very fitting. Thanks for sharing.
 

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They will be glad with such a church member as you. Well done.
 

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Very Very nice Joe, The children appreciate you! God smiles on you!
 

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Wow…I knew deep, deep down inside you was a good fellow Joe….just kidding buddy. Nice job on the bookshelves dude!!!
 

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Joe, your heart is bigger that the bookcase. Excellent job too. The white paint was a good idea. If there are little ones around, make sure it is anchored to the wall.
 

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Thanks all for the kid words. It really was a simple piece to build.

And yes Dave, I thought of a tipping hazard also. If you look close in the first 2 pix, you can see I put little plastic feet on it. On the ones in the front I added a thin (about 1/8") washer so the whole thing will lean towards the back ever so slightly. And once they get all the books on it, I'm pretty sure the added weight will make it pretty stable.
 
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