|Project by JoeinDE||posted 04-23-2009 03:45 AM||2144 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
I have a backlog of projects but a lot of them are simple and were very much the creations of a novice. This was my first “large” build not using pine. I purchased some 3/4” ash that had been sitting in a barn for 50+ years and decided that I would use it to make this bookcase for my 2-yr old son (notice he has one of his toys on it already in the last pic). The back is lauan ply. The joinery is all butt joints with and without pocket holes. I am still scared of dovetail joinery, but I am hoping to give it a try in my next big build. The stain is Minwax cherry and the topcoat is a satin polyurethane.
Things I learned in this project.
1. Solid hardwood furniture is HEAVY. I hurt my back trying to carry this thing by myself up from the basement.
2. It is very easy to butcher a piece with a block plane if you don’t know what you are doing. I did some serious damage to the bottom horizontal face piece and I didn’t have the patience to sand out all of the damage. The finish really made that bottom piece look crappy. I might go back in the future and try and repair this defect, but it is low on the priority list since this was designed to be beaten up by my young son.
3. Right angle clamps are very useful and worth the money.
4. If I had owned a plunge router when I was making this I probably would have attached the shelves with dadoes, but for this project I attached the shelves with cleats glued and screwed into the side pieces.
5. 3/4” is strong enough to hold some serious book weight without bending. As an experiment I pulled out some of my old chemistry textbooks from college (I am a chemist) and put them on the shelf. The shelf did not bend.
Again. I am a beginning WWer so I am more than happy to listen to comments and constructive criticism.