|Project by TObenhuber||posted 05-19-2014 11:22 PM||1084 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
This book shelf was inspired by my wife yet again. Surprise, Surprise. I built a book shelf two years ago but I was still very green in the woodworking world. It shows screws, it is starting to shake loose and isn’t 100% stable. So, having no interest in polishing a turd. I just built another one. This one is much nicer.
The wood is my favorite 2×4s from the orange borg. The tops is laminated 2×4s, handed planed down, and sanded to a nice smooth finish. The joints are pocket holes for the box and face frame and used to attach the top. My wife is not typically satisfied if she can find glue drips anywhere on the project. So, none of the joints were reinforced with glued against my better judgment. What can you do when your wife has spoken?
The stain was a dark minwax with a glossy poly finish. There are definitely some blotchy spots but the overall finish turned out pretty good. I should have probably let the stain dry a bit longer but live and learn.
I learned and have started to enjoy laminating smaller boards in to larger boards for tops and shelves. Using 2×4 for my laminations go very well together when I cut the rounded edges off before gluing and make any small adjustments to the glue surface with a hand plane. This was my first laminated top that I would call a 100% success story meaning, my wife was very happy with it.
Side note, using my latest experience after this book shelf, being very picky at the borg by pulling out only the quarter or rift saw 2×4s pays dividends when doing a lamination with this material. It helps the seams line up and become more transparent than would have been otherwise. This on top of the fact that it’s more stable and improves the quality of the lamination all around.
I was also able to experiment with cutting my own trim. I used some scrap and rip it to size. I then simply cut a 30ish degree angle on one side and attached it with screws from the inside of case. It worked out and did add a small touch of quality.
Overall, my wife was happy, I was happy and was very satisfied with my progress in skill level. I would still leave this in the rustic category but a vast improvement in quality. Thanks for reading.
-- Travis, Virginia, www.facebook.com/CreativeWoodworksHybla