book case for my wife

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Project by RKW posted 10-31-2009 11:56 PM 3722 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project of many firsts. It is the first project i have built for my wife, the first project for the house, first time to do raised panels, first time to glue up panels, first time to make molding, first time to add hardwood edging to plywood shelves, first time to use analine dye, first time to use wipe on varnish, first time to use red oak. All in all i worked on this for about 2 months and learned alot.

My wife is a first year law student and was tired of her books being scattered all over the house. She asked me to build her a book shelf and this is what i came up with. Since im still fairly new to woodworking; with each new project i try to include elements that i have not yet done in order to learn some new skills.

I included pictures of my tall auxillary fence and 0 clearance insert plate which i built out of necessity for building the raised pannels.

-- RKWoods

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#1 posted 11-01-2009 12:02 AM

Very nice bookshelf. Looks like the wife is happy about it. Also like the tall fence extension. great job RK

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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Dan Hux

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#2 posted 11-01-2009 12:14 AM

very nice bookshelf.

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#3 posted 11-01-2009 01:52 AM

nice lines – very clean

-- -erik & christy-

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#4 posted 11-01-2009 02:28 AM

Looks like all your first turned out great. You did a nice job on the bookcase. I really like how you divided your panels on the end, nice detail.

-- John @

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#5 posted 11-01-2009 03:31 AM

Looks like all the firsts came together very nicely.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#6 posted 11-01-2009 10:57 AM

Hey RKW,
Nice design and finish…....good job.

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#7 posted 11-01-2009 01:59 PM

BOTH very lovely! :)

-- Have a blessed day!

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#8 posted 11-01-2009 02:23 PM

Sounds like a good learning project, and came out very nice! Like the raised panel sides.

-- 4thumbs in MO

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#9 posted 11-01-2009 02:29 PM

The wife is happy with it which was my number one motive and goal. Of coarse if it helps her understand my obsession with tools and tolerate my spending money, thats also a plus. :)

-- RKWoods

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#10 posted 06-29-2011 02:48 AM

For a first timer, you came out pretty durn good. Nope, I don’t think you were a first timer. A old friend of mine once told me that he sees in his mind what he whats to do and then works out the proces without ever writing anything down. Looks to me like you did some good planning on this and it paid off. You did a great job and I know your wife really likes it. Good job.

-- Eddie -

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#11 posted 06-29-2011 02:51 AM

Has a nice JD look to it;) She’ll cherish it for a long time.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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