|Project by IowaWoodcrafter||posted 01-18-2010 07:00 PM||1392 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
I was commissioned to build several bookshelves for a local church. The bookshelves had to match units that the church had purchased several years ago from a local “big box” company.
The first image shows two bookshevles, 48” wide by 72” tall. The second picture shows two units that are a little narrower and shorter that the first two units, I can’t remember exact measurements. I had installed these units one week prior to the others, that’s why they already have books on them. The third picture shows a new unit, (the narrow one on the right end) next to existing units. The last picture was the existing units that I had to match.
The sides, tops and bottoms are made with cabinet grade red oak plywood. This plywood has thicker outer veneer. The plywood has a core of hardwood and then outer layers of mdf on which the veneer is placed.
The shelves are also made with the same plywood and have edge bands of real wood. I used these edge banding router bits from MLCS.
The face frames are also made from real wood. They were assembled using pocket hole screws. I routed a groove in the tops, bottoms and sides of the units and the face frames. I then used biscuits in the grooves to align and glue the face frames to the units. This is a technique I learned from watching the episodes on building cabinets on The New Yankee Workshop.
This project took me a lot longer than I thought but it was my own fault. I had originally planned on gluing the edge banding directly to the shelves. Using the router bits took a little longer but I feel they are much better. I had also planned on attaching the face frames using pocket hole screws. I think Norm’s technique was much better because I didn’t have to drill holes in the sides of the panels.
The other thing that added time was the severe cold this winter. There were many days I couldn’t work because I just couldn’t get the garage warm enough. One of these days I’ll be able to build a real workshop, I hope.
-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter