Workshop Magazine/Book Storage

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Project by Maclegno posted 02-13-2010 06:13 PM 2196 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sometime ago I decided to reorganise my woodworking magazines and books in the Studio. Books were not such a problem as I could put them on one of the metal shelves, but magazines were another thing as they flop if not supported, I have quite a few FWW magazines (Nos 78 to 135) which I have catalogued. I remembered seeing an ingenious system in an antique bookcase using dovetails. My needs were simple and I wanted to make something quick-and-nasty so I came up with this:

The base is two pieces of reclaimed veneered chipboard cut with a dovetail angle between them (one tilted cut with the t/saw). A dovetailed bookend supports the magazines and dividers categorise them. The dividers also have a dovetail shape and can be easily inserted/removed while remaining in place.

I fastened the base to the metal shelving by boring a 4.5mm hole through the wood and metal, then a 5mm hole through the wood only. I then fastened the base using 5mm screws, which self-tap through the metal.

-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy

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#1 posted 02-13-2010 06:16 PM

Well done Mac

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 02-13-2010 07:04 PM

Hey I have those Router and Bandsaw books on the bottom shelf.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#3 posted 02-13-2010 07:18 PM

Gary: you’re supposed to admire the bookcase, not try to analyse my character through my taste in literature. LOL

-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy

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#4 posted 02-13-2010 07:52 PM

Nice bookcase.

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#5 posted 02-13-2010 08:07 PM

Good idea Gerard. I have thought about having my woodworking books in the shop, but I get more inspired while sitting, so that’s when I need my books to figure out how to do what I’m thinking about. ”The Easy Chair Woodworker” A competitor to the Wood Whisperer? Not in this life! You on the other hand are probably more of an action oriented woodworker and so need those books where you are turning out all those projects. Watch out for the sawdust!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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