Bookcase of Secrets

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Blog entry by Yupa4242 posted 07-08-2012 11:37 PM 4130 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is from the Jan/Feb 2012 Issue of “The Family Handyman” I would like to post the magazine pdf but I would likely break a ton of rules having not read all the fine print on Lumberjocks Legal.

A couple months ago a old school buddy of mine called me up and asked If I suscribed to “The Family Handyman” ? , What’s That ? , I said. Well as the discussion went on he wanted to come down to Wisconsin to build this project as a couple of friends hanging out. Hmmm…. Quiet panic on my part wanted to say no since no big project ever goes smoothly I paused and said sure no problem It will be fun!

Anyhow It took me days to track down a library that had the article and when I saw what I had agreed to I almost passed out from shock in front of the librairian. Simple says the article??!! Maybe for a seasoned woodworking veteran but me a peon would burn brain cells to figure this out. Sigh….

I made photo copies and made a pdf of the article so I could better dismantle the build before starting it . You would think somewhere online you could find a PDF of the article …NOPE made it myself :P

So last weekend my buddy David came and we started the project of disasterrr….secrets lol. We went to Menards and bought 4 sheets of red oak ply 3/4 and 4 sheets of 1/4 ply. This project also requires some hardwoods for the fronts and top of the unit. He found a local selling red oak near Poynette at 95cents BF I have yet to call the man back hope it’s not too late . I really need to learn more about raw woods and where to buy locally since the 2S and 4S stuff at the box stores will rape your wallet dry.

Cutdown diagrams are nice but I think there a pain when mistakes are made like last years router table project ended up taking 2 more sheets of mdf than needed since I kept cutting things wrong.
Well we used my finish skill saw for a majority of the 3/4 ply since I’ve not had great sucess with cutting down full 4×8 sheets on the tablesaw. I did deside to try it on the long bookcase runs that make up the dividers between the completed boxed sections. With 2 people steady and slow and watch the fingers and watch where you step.

Router’s!! I need a “Dummies Guide to Router’s” took me forever to figure out how to cut the dado’s into the main supports. Also I’m quite annoyed with woodworking magazines that say, “please refer to the @#$% past issue for Instructions” WTF!! Put it online at least don’t make me run back to the library for another issue to go to the next step! ..... again … had my lil fit…. What the heck is a plywood dado bit

I ordered the blasted bit from Lee Valley last night with the bearing and spacer :( David told me just to use the 3/4 dado but I told him the unit would fit better with this part according to what I had read.

If now I needed most insult to this hobby I discovered that many of the cuts David did are not square !! Fist to head!! Head to table !!! Nothing he did wrong the runner on my crosscut sled gave enough to cause un squareness :( So today had to realign the sled and recheck all the parts cut down at this point.

Last week we got about half the cutdown list done a heck of alot more than I thought we would even get close to tackling. We would have made more progress but the heat drove us out of the garage even with the air on the no insulated garage turned into an oven and I had to quit.

Yesterday I built a little jig for drilling shelf holes out of oak and mdf which turned into a long project since the part you need is never at the hardware store you go to first. I needed a 3/4 O.D. bushing with a 1/4 I.D for the drill guide. How many times I’ve spents hours looking through all those tiny box trays in the bulk Isle. Nothing even close I know anything i need i can get via but that’s not the point I want this hardware store to have what i NEED dammit. Well as always I asked the Mac Guyver in my head what else would work and I found the exact bushing in a grommet ring kit for 10 bucks … so be it!

Today I decided to actually make something I could finish In a day ,so tired of not getting anything actuall in my house. Made some speaker shelves out of poplar which I’ll post lil later. As for the Bookcase of Pain…er Secrets I’ll post more in the near future.

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