|Project by Adam D||posted 01-02-2015 02:40 AM||1891 views||7 times favorited||7 comments|
A really good friend of mine got engaged, and I knew I had to do something really special for a wedding present. He’s always been a fan of thinking outside the box with his projects, and so I thought I’d follow suit with this gift.
The shelves are red oak, and the “hidden” vertical supports are black walnut. Both are finished with boiled linseed oil that I let dry for a week before applying shellac. The vertical supports double as book-ends, and have mortises that hold some walnut wedges which support the shelf.
I ran into some design hurdles along the way; I wanted to keep the whole thing collapsible to make it easier to move, but I also wanted it to be strong, recognizing that books can weigh quite a lot. I ended up using pocket holes to secure the shelves to the dadoes they lie in, but instead of using the wood screws that they recommend (I thought they’d strip out), I bought some brass threaded inserts and some allen-head machine screws. The threaded inserts I had to screw in at an angle (in the dadoes) to match the angle of the pocket holes, and it took a lot of trial and error to get them lined up perfectly. In the end, the thing holds books, and both myself and my friend are thrilled with the results.
Thanks for checking it out!
-- Adam, Rochester NY