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Workshop Development #31: More work on the Library wing...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 11-07-2011 08:18 PM 4094 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 30: Adding the library wing to the manor... Part 31 of Workshop Development series Part 32: The library progress thus far... »

So my idea was simple. Make a simple reinforced plywood cabinet, frameless, with the sole function of holding books and magazines in the shop.

The design was simpler still. a top and bottom panel cut to 12×72”, a back panel cut to 16×72” 2 side panels cut to 16×12.75” all out of 23/32” cabinet grade ply, and then 2 divider panels cut to 12×14.5” centered 24” on each side made from 5/8” cheapie scrap ply. All of it simply butt jointed and screwed together with 2.5” screws.

The entire thing went together in less than 2 hours from deciding to actually get up off my butt, until the basic box was finally assembled.

I have a few screws left, some sanding where overdriving the screws caused some push out of the end plies, some filling, the french cleat setup, and lastly primer and paint… I originally intended to use just cheap contractor grade ceiling white paint, but I am leaning now more toward a high gloss white latex enamel for this cabinet, not so much for the light properties, but for ease of cleaning. Gloss paint tends to have a surface that is slicker than matte finishes, and should be easier to blow / wipe dust off of…

With the progress I am making, I should have this completed, and populated long before the weekend… Lord Willing I should have it ready to go. I do need to finish filling some nail holes, priming, and painting the wall that it will mount to, but that shouldn’t take long at all…

I did notice that the height I intend to mount this at, it will be low enough I could use the top as a shelf, which would allow me to stash things like jigs and the like on top of it.

Before anyone nags me on this one. I am witholding photos until this is done. This will be posted as a project. Yes a very simple one, but a project no less..

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 11-07-2011 11:37 PM

OK, the mystery bookcase. But I am not one to talk, I have about 5 blog/project items to present. I have been busy, off and on, in the shop. But October was a bear at work, and now I am on vacation. In La Conner since Thursday, and we got surprised by good weather instead of wall to wall rain. Just started sprinkling today. Off to Orlando, and the family marathon at Disney world and a Disney cruise. I will try to blog some of the trip…......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#2 posted 11-07-2011 11:49 PM

It will be up in photos soon… I promise… Just don’t want to take pics of it half in primer…

I have that, and the Chrsitmas tree stand I am finishing up. I had one leg of the stand that I managed to shift alignment of during drilling for the pegs so I ended up having to shim / make a foot on one leg… Good thing this will be covered by a tree skirt!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 11-08-2011 01:58 AM

Re the tree stand…..sometimes it is about appearance, and sometimes about mechanics…......the tree stand is about mechanics…........(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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sras

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#4 posted 11-08-2011 03:57 AM

Good thing I read to the end – I was going to give you a request for pictures! I have the plywood sitting aside to do exactly the same thing. Time to get all the woodworking books out of the family room.

I’ll be looking forward to your project posting – pics and all ;)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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dbhost

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#5 posted 11-08-2011 06:16 AM

It will be soon… I was far less accurate with things like screw placement and tear out due to the fact this is getting painted…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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bluekingfisher

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#6 posted 11-08-2011 11:17 AM

I always find that prepping the job for finishing and the actual finishing takes longer than the project.

I got to start enjoying that part of a build …..I will enjoy finishing…...I will enjoy finishing!

Look forwards to seeing the end result.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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GregD

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#7 posted 11-08-2011 04:10 PM

It’s been my experience that stuff tends to stick to painted shelves. It isn’t quite so bad if the paint has aged a bit (months to years), or if the stuff is lightweight and gets moved every couple of weeks. Printed paper surfaces not only like to stick, but also like to leave behind ink. Got any good ideas on how to prevent that?

-- Greg D.

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dbhost

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#8 posted 11-08-2011 08:29 PM

Good question… Shelf liner…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#9 posted 11-09-2011 04:51 PM

My usual stuff, Watco, is not a good choice for a bookcase, unless it drys for a week or so. For many years I used a bookcase that my Dad had made in high school from oak, arts and crafts style. it got destroyed in a fire when my brother had it. It had a typical dark arts and crafts finish. He would have made it about 1915. I wish I had never given that to my brother…...but who expected his house to burn down? (many years ago).

I have made some pretty durable objects with multiple coats of spray can enamel.

Here at Disney World. My two middle daughters are here as well with their families, 3 kids each. They were here at our cabin (wilderness cabins) before we had our teeth brushed this morning. Now they are already off and running.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#10 posted 11-09-2011 05:22 PM

Well. Due to the location of these, and the concern for the impact on lighting, I did opt for paint. I have the first coat of primer on it, and some bad areas that need to be sanded smooth are popping up… Depending on our client, I may have to work this weekend, or I may have a 4 day weekend. If I get the 4 day weekend the sanding / painting and perhaps even the french cleat and mounting will be done…

I am not too worried about stuff sticking to painted surfaces. I know that happens, especially in humid environments, and let’s face it, my shop is a humid place, then again so is my house… The shelf liner stuff I am talking about is the same rubbery stuff they use for router mats. I have a couple of extra rolls from a kitchen project a few years back. Even if I can’t find that, the Dollar store has the stuff…

In all honesty, this is more of a gift to LOML than a project for me. The more of my DIY / Woodworking / Auto stuff that can go in the shop, even books and magazines, will make her happier…

I need to get my magazines in those big collections like Wood Magazine did, where it was all on DVD… Shove the pdf files onto my file server / media server and be able to read them from anywhere. If I want to use a plan in the shop, just print out those specific pages…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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