|Project by morath||posted 05-24-2016 03:30 AM||1034 views||0 times favorited||13 comments|
I would like to present my first piece—-a bookcase. My wife wanted the largest painted bookcase that would fit between the fireplace and nearby door, so this is what I came up with. 80 1/2 tall, 32 wide, and 12 1/2 deep. Home depot 1 sheet plus one additional shelf of 3/4 pine plywood, 1 sheet of 3/8 bead board, 1 2×4, 1 1×4, pocket screws, no. 6 1” dry wall screws, glue and 18ga 1 1/2 brad for a total cost of 60-65 bucks. Each shelf is 12 inches deep as well as 12 inches tall to hold large reference books on the bottom and “decorative” stuff on the top. The lady was adamant about the wide open shelves.
The shelves are attached to the sides with 4 pocket screws per end. The back of the sides has a 1/2 by 3/8 rabbet that the bead board back fits into and then is screwed down with the no. 6 1” dry wall screws. That rabbet helped greatly in squaring the case and makes the whole unit unbelievably solid—-definitely worth the effort. The edges of the plywood are covered with solid wood 3/4×1 1/2 ripped from a 2×4 and secured with glue and brads. 1×4 for the top and bottom arches. It’s the wife’s job to paint it.
I included a photo of my workshop and workbench. A concrete front porch and a 2×2x2 stand that I threw together from scraps years ago. A hammer and nail set would have worked, but a compressor and brad nailer sure are nice. The old hand me down table saw was used to cut the sides and shelves to depth as well as to produce the rabbet. The circular saw cut everything to length, cut the bead board to size, and was used to rip the plywood in half (to fit in my father’s suv) at home depot since the nearest store doesn’t do cuts. Drill, kreg jig, and clamps for the pocket screws. Jig saw for the arches.
This was a good learning experience and proof that you don’t need a full shop in order to produce decent work.
-- My mom says I'm handsome.