First Attempted Bookcase

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Project by Holz_und_Geschichte41 posted 1644 days ago 1303 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first big woodworking project. Ignorantly I went to Home Depot to buy lumber, seemed to make sense at the time. I bought 4 1×12 boards of Douglas Fir. I quickly found out why most furniture is not made out of wood used in house framing. :) It was a heck of a learning curve with busted router bits, straining muscles to drill screws in place, and sanding….seemingly endless sanding. I would do it again!!! The shelves are mortise & tenon type slides reinforced with screws hidden by the wood plugs. My mentor for this maiden projects used to run a furniture business whose style was predominantly western (southwest, Santa Fe style). It worked out because that style makes mistakes look artistic if you have the know how. My mentor had it not me so he led me in the right direction. Those shelves aren’t going to bow anything soon. At the end of the day, I learn that the quality of the project is largely determined by the quality of the wood, and again patience!!! In woodworking one does not go from 0 to 60 after one project. It definitely sealed the deal for me to stick with this hobby for a long while.

-- Ryan, Arizona

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#1 posted 1644 days ago

That turned out very nice. I find that every project is a learning opportunity, especially if I make the same mistake twice…

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#2 posted 1644 days ago

I agree. I learned so from this project I wouldn’t know where to begin. It proved you learn quick how much you don’t know. A quality humbling to say the least!!! Have a good one

-- Ryan, Arizona

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#3 posted 1644 days ago

I like it. How’d you get that texture?

-- I'm into rough carpentry, are you?

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#4 posted 1644 days ago

I took a small hand planer and took it to the wood with random cuts, divots, and and twist curves to make the wood look stressed. I used a secondary planer that was on its last leg. I would use a new expensive planer in the manner I did to get this effect.

-- Ryan, Arizona

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#5 posted 1644 days ago

To me it has that old rustic look. which I like very much. Nice job. Welcome to LB’s.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#6 posted 1644 days ago

I really like the texture. Very nice bookshelf.

-- Leroy

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#7 posted 1644 days ago

Looks great!

-- Tim, Tallahasse FL

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#8 posted 1644 days ago

Excellent look. Your aged technique came out great.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#9 posted 1643 days ago

Nice, what does it say?

-- 1 John 3:16

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Bob Kollman

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#10 posted 1642 days ago

Very nice, can’t read it though…

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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