|Project by jdh122||posted 08-18-2015 10:46 AM||1165 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
So my brother decided he wanted to get built-in bookcases made, preferably out of solid wood. The estimates he got floored him (several tens of thousands of dollars) and I told him that if he took a week off work I’d travel the 1500 km to come do it with him. So I shipped a bunch of hand tools, had him buy a jobsite table saw and a biscuit joiner. With no ability to joint or plane, he bought a stack of S4S red oak 1X12s. There’s plywood in the backs of the bookcases and in the paneling, but the rest is solid wood. The paneling is made from a kit.
It took us 8 days of dawn to dusk work. And the glue-ups of the countertops were frustrating (had to do one of them twice, with barely enough clamps), but it turned out OK. The bottom cabinets are made out of Ikea kitchen cabinets, framed in so that you can’t see the plastic anywhere (oak spacers between the cabinet boxes), and we got custom oak doors made at a cabinet shop.
There’s no complicated joinery – everything is glue, screws, brads. The shelves are held on adjustable wooden standards.
Finished with amber shellac (Zinser premixed). I hadn’t anticipated how much time the finishing would take, but there’s a pile of wood there (especially since we did the wood paneling too).
-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests