So I have always wanted to work in wood, but never wanted to bite the bullet and start buying tools. Recently, my old college roomate and preacher at my wedding, came into the possesion of an industrial drill press and therefore had no need for his old Ryobi 10” drill press. So he gave it to me for Christmas, I thought he was a pretty good friend untill I realized that he opened up pandora’s box. I now have a table saw thanks to my father-in-law, and a router, a palm sander, various cordless drills, a circular saw, and “joint custody” of a mitter saw. Not the greatest assortment of tools, but its a start.
My wife and I have been searching for a book shelf that would fit on the wall in our den, between two windows and I have not found anything that I like. Finally together, we set down and drew up something that I think we can both enjoy.
I have decided I will tackle this project in pieces. Starting with the base.
The base of the entire thing I think can be made in 3 sections out of 3/4” birch cabinet grade plywood and some dado joints. (choose plywood cause I have no planer)
So I can bring three sections together and then face them in so that I cant see the plywood edge.
One of the three sections in the photo below is shown in green, in front of the wall that this book shelf will be against. I added the photograph that we have framed that will go in middle of this book shelf
The entire thing will be roughly 115.5 inches from framed end to framed end along the base of the wall… My question is, what should I make the counter top of the base section out of? Plywood (I think) only comes in 8’ X 4’ sheets, which wont be long enough.
I had thought about using a framed in method and making a recessed rabbet shelf that I can put plywood pieces in the top. That may not make since, but I can model it up tomorrow.
Any suggestions? Mind you I do not have access to a planer