Bookshelf for the wife

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Project by Paulsgarage posted 05-29-2010 10:11 AM 1190 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got really tired of my wifes books laying all over the place and decided to finally take on the “bookshelf project”. I built it from Birch plywood then dressed it up with some molding and store bought legs then 3 coats of poly. I wanted a contemporary but soft look, so that’s where the molding and legs came into play. Overall, I was very happy with how it turned out for my first piece.

-- Paul

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#1 posted 05-29-2010 02:13 PM

Nice project for the wife. I need to do the same. Good job.

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#2 posted 05-29-2010 03:09 PM

Came out great Paul.
No more lost books & she’ll admire your ingenuity even time she makes a selection.
The trim & feet compliment your case work.

-- Eric down in sunny Florida.

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#3 posted 05-29-2010 03:18 PM

Looks great!! Now she can buy more books.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 05-29-2010 03:41 PM

Nice work and details!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 05-29-2010 04:47 PM

Nice shelving unit you’ve built for the book collection.

This looks like a fairly wide span for plywood. Did you add any extra means of support or bracing to help prevent bowing? Have you had any bowing issues?

Just curious.

I’m sure you’re both much happier now.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#6 posted 05-29-2010 04:51 PM

Good looking book case great job

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 05-29-2010 08:04 PM

Thanks everyone. Jonathan-I was worried about bowing too when I built it. Total span is about 5’. I used 1/4” birch for the back and extra nails then crossed my fingers. My wife sure know how to load a bookshelf down and no problems yet, so I think the backing was enough extra support. And you guessed it Jack! She told me last week she’ll be needing another one soon for all the books she’s been buying lately.

-- Paul

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#8 posted 06-02-2010 08:51 PM

I sympathize with your bookshelf woes – my wife is a voracious reader and has littered every room with books. The shelf looks great, now just need to extend it to the ceiling and double it. ;)

-- Dominic - Maryland Amateur

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