Bookcase for Classroom Project

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Project by bigbuddha posted 05-06-2015 07:49 PM 739 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our 1st grade teacher always buys a bookcase to be filled with a variety of kid books for the school auction. I made it this year for her since my kid is in 1st grade but just used construction grade lumber (total cost was under $35!). I took the opportunity to try my hand at sliding dovetails to connect to the bottom shelf to the sides and adjustable wooden standards. I wanted to use a different wood but the teacher wanted pine (and it was cheaper). It seemed whenever I looked at the bookcase wrong, it’d DENT itself.

The kids painted their portraits on the bookcase shelves and it got auctioned off for $500!

-- helen

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#1 posted 05-06-2015 11:12 PM

It turned out amazing, Helen, you should be very proud!

-- ~Julie~

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#2 posted 05-06-2015 11:13 PM

Thanks, Julie!! :-D!!

-- helen

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#3 posted 05-07-2015 07:19 AM

What a sweet little bookcase, Helen! the portraits are wonderful. I’ve not seen this type of adjustable shelving before. The piece that is curved on the end, is it just set in position and the weight of the shelf holds it in place?
Kudos to you for building this for the auction! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 05-07-2015 08:19 PM

You surely did well on that piece.
Your shelf (adjusters) are unique with the rounded ends. Back in the day, the craftsmen would make a 2” board with a dove tail on each end, then rip it into two, and place it into the standard that looked like a saw tooth.
The school library in my grade school had this style of book shelves … The building was built in 19-0something.

I’m so happy that someone saw the true value of your piece and paid a fair price … (Betcha that made you proud)

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#5 posted 05-07-2015 08:32 PM

Good job.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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