Bookshelves for children's books at church

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Project by JoeinGa posted 08-18-2015 02:50 PM 697 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our church has a beautiful brick parsonage that no one has lived in for about 10 years. We recently decided to make some use of it by letting the children’s Sunday School classes and the Awana kids use it. A couple of the teachers asked if we could move the children’s books over to the parsonage, and since our library is overcrowded anyway, we said Yes immediately.

Someone suggested we move 2 of the bookcases from our current library over there. These are floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall units that are finished in dark wood, and I pointed out that simple white shelving would be better, and if we get some that are not so tall, the children could better access them. Well my lovely wife (bless her heart) said “You could build them, Joe.”

We looked into buying, and I just couldn’t see those WallyWorld style pressed-board pieces of crap holding up for very long, so I agreed to make something. Went to our local lumber yard/hardware supplier and for $120 I got some 12” shelf boards and a quart of white paint. I already had a sheet of 3/8 plywood to use for the back. I wanted to “dress it up” just a bit, so I cut out the hearts and glued a simple cross together. Used a bit of yellow paint I already had for an accent, and I’m pleased with the final product.

This unit is 6’ long and 4’ tall, and should last for a long time. Thanks for looking !

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#1 posted 08-18-2015 02:54 PM

Good God thats miraculous. Youre a saintly woodworker for sharing your God given talents in this wonderful way.

Nice Bookcase man!

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#2 posted 08-18-2015 02:57 PM

Very creative, Joe. It’s nicely done and certainly for a worthy cause.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 08-18-2015 03:11 PM

Nicely done, Joe! Much better than pressed board pieces of crap! The hearts and cross are a personalized touch that’s very fitting. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 08-18-2015 03:30 PM

They will be glad with such a church member as you. Well done.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#5 posted 08-18-2015 04:11 PM

Great job. Nicely done…!

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#6 posted 08-18-2015 04:31 PM

Very Very nice Joe, The children appreciate you! God smiles on you!

-- "It's not scrap until it's sawdust", and maybe not even then...MAKwoods

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#7 posted 08-18-2015 06:17 PM

the man with a big heart
great work

-- bambi

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#8 posted 08-18-2015 06:42 PM

Wow…I knew deep, deep down inside you was a good fellow Joe….just kidding buddy. Nice job on the bookshelves dude!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#9 posted 08-18-2015 09:15 PM

Joe, your heart is bigger that the bookcase. Excellent job too. The white paint was a good idea. If there are little ones around, make sure it is anchored to the wall.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 08-18-2015 09:42 PM

Thanks all for the kid words. It really was a simple piece to build.

And yes Dave, I thought of a tipping hazard also. If you look close in the first 2 pix, you can see I put little plastic feet on it. On the ones in the front I added a thin (about 1/8”) washer so the whole thing will lean towards the back ever so slightly. And once they get all the books on it, I’m pretty sure the added weight will make it pretty stable.

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#11 posted 08-19-2015 11:37 AM

Super nice book shelf Joe.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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