2x4 Bookcase

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Project by MikeB_UK posted 01-11-2016 12:03 PM 2733 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bookcase made from 2×4 construction timber and some cheap T&G cladding for the back.

Top is joined by double Mortice & Tennons, base and shelves are stopped dado’s, back cladding sits in a rebate.

The last picture are the tools used to build it.

Finished with a couple of coats of danish oil, then varnish.

Went fairly well, took ages to hack out the Mortices and dados (First attempt at either)

-- I've worked out how to sharpen, now how do you get blood out of pine?

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#1 posted 01-11-2016 01:47 PM

You have done Roy Underhill proud, wish I had the time to make an entire project with hand tools. The danish oil really brings out the character of the wood. Nice work

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#2 posted 01-12-2016 02:42 AM

That is one BEEFY classy looking book case!
It would fit into just about any style, western, modern even steampunk, what ever that style is.
You could probably put a lot of weight onto those shelves also!
I like it lots, great use of 2×4 ‘S!~Suzanne

-- Suzanne, A Touch Of O.Z.

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#3 posted 01-12-2016 03:45 AM

That’s awesome. Great job. It is awesome working with hand tools. I love it.

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#4 posted 01-12-2016 09:30 AM

Cheers folks :)

-- I've worked out how to sharpen, now how do you get blood out of pine?

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#5 posted 01-12-2016 11:54 PM

Congrats on a real job of crafting! I have a book I got at a used book store that has several projects using 2X4s.

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