Various Projects #4: Mom's Bookcase Part 1: Planning

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Blog entry by Tomcat1066 posted 12-09-2008 12:27 PM 778 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Recently, my mother almost broke her foot while trying to put together one of those cheap partical board bookcases that Big Lots sells. She called me after the drop (she dropped it on her foot somehow) and I finished the job up. However, she still has one that hasn’t been put together and she’s in dire need of a bookcase. So…I’m going to build one.

The problem is, I’m having trouble finding plans for one. Here’s what I’m thinking, and I figured the jocks here can help me out (thanks in advance guys!).

First, since all the books are hardback novels, there’s no need to have adjustable shelves, so all the shelves will be dadoed in. It’ll be around 6’ tall. The top will probably be joined with a rabbet or something similar. Perhaps an apron of some sort in the bottom front below the lowest shelf (maybe 3”-4” or something similar). I’m looking at using poplar because it’s cheap and this will be painted.

Mom’s criteria are pretty simple. She wants a simple design that’ll hold her books and will be painted white. Nothing fancy.

Right about now is the time that I really hate sucking at Sketchup, you know? ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 12-09-2008 03:51 PM

sounds good, go for it

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 12-09-2008 04:34 PM

Sounds great!

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#3 posted 12-10-2008 02:57 AM

Thanks guys. This should be interesting. On one hand, it looks and sounds like a pretty simple project. On the other hand, there’s the feeling I have that it’s deceptive and is actually pretty tricky. I guess I’ll find out soon enough ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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