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Project by nelson posted 06-28-2009 01:58 PM 2106 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wanted some bookcases for the corner of one room. Unfortunately, after months of looking for what she wanted, she couldn’t find anything. So, she asked me to attempt to build some bookcases. I found a plan for a bookcase off of the New Yankee Workshop and then modified it somewhat to build a corner bookcase. As this was pretty much my first woodworking project, it was built with a circular saw and a straight edge.

I also discovered that a nice feature of bookcases that sit in a corner is that you don’t have to tie them to the walls to keep them from accidentally getting tipped over.

The trim on the top and bottom are simply tacked on so that the bookcases can be easily taken apart and moved if and when that would ever happen.

I was quite pleased with how they turned out, and my wife was happy, which is really the most important part.

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#1 posted 06-28-2009 02:32 PM

Nice job for the limited tools..Making the wife happy..Priceless!!

-- If at first you don't succeed...Buy another tool !!

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#2 posted 06-28-2009 02:38 PM

Nelson, these are a nice looking set of bookcases. You did a good job on the construction and design of them. These are even more impressive given the fact that they are your first project and completed with the bare minimum of tools. Fixed shelves would have been easier to build but adding adjustable shelving increases the versatility of these bookcases.

How did you finish them?

Nice job.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 06-28-2009 02:52 PM

Sweet looking bookcase. Nice job.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 06-28-2009 03:11 PM

Wow for a first timer with limited tools, you sure did a heck of a job, Nelson, well done! Look forward to seeing future projects.

-- James, Bluffton, IN

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#5 posted 06-28-2009 03:18 PM

Very nice looking bookcase.
The woodgrain orientation is also wisely done. Great work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 06-28-2009 03:22 PM

I agree with everyone else. Great job!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 06-28-2009 03:34 PM

very well done indeed !
now that you can jump and run ,
you are ready for the nut house that is site cosntruction .
but wait until you get a workshop ,
and can work at your liesure !
welcome to LJ’S , lots of nice folks with lots of help !

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#8 posted 06-28-2009 05:06 PM

Very nice job ,good design and looks great

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#9 posted 06-28-2009 05:18 PM


What type of finish did you use?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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