Cherry Bookcase #1: Working with sheet goods

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Blog entry by Topapilot posted 04-08-2009 04:38 AM 2418 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I wanted a low bookcase, so I looked on LJ’s projects list for ideas. Dr. Sawdust had made one that I liked, so I started the same one. After visiting the lumberyard (ouch!) it’s time to break down the plywood. Betsy had asked about this a while back so here are some pictures of how I do it.

I use a base made of 2×4’s with lap joints:
two by four base for cutting sheet goods in the driveway

Then I lay down the sheet and set up the EZ Guide from Eurikeazone:
EZ guide and circular saw

With the guide there is no worries about the cut being straight or the edges getting chipped. In fact, the cuts are much, much better than the factory edges.

Another step used for the first time is the “blue tape” method of marking.
tape to show part reference, size, and orientation

In the past I, I mean a friend of mine, sometimes would rotate sheet stock 90 degrees, cut, and have nice big peices of scrap. This time, no issues.

So, in short order, the carcase is dryfit and ready for glue:
Carcase dry fit and screwed.  Next, take it all apart and sand before glue up.

Those big ol’ stains are from the bargin clamps I got (see review section for Stanley F-style bar clamps)

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#1 posted 04-08-2009 06:44 AM

Sorry, didn’t notice the stains. The pictures got in the way. :)

-- tim hill

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#2 posted 04-21-2009 11:17 PM

this is great. Thanks for the step/step pictures!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 11-05-2009 01:51 PM

Going to be a great project!

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#4 posted 01-10-2013 10:23 PM

great idea

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