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Project by Hibernicvs posted 2438 days ago 1201 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having been forced to straighten up my living/work room for Thanksgiving, I haven’t been able to finish any of the projects that are now competing with me for space in my bedroom … after being removed from the living room. At least I had these two bookracks to help me get organized. I had made them earlier 1) to see if the design would work, and 2) maybe somebody would pay actual cash money for them. I never offered them for sale because I decided I liked them enough to keep … at least until I came up with something better. I used 3/4 inch birch, 10” x 48” and the shelves and racks are 24” wide, including the tenons—part of my goal was to minimize waste as much as possible. The racks are two pieces of 4” x 24” birch ply cut from the same stock, while the keys for the tenons are cut (by hand) from a white pine 2×2. I should have used hardwood, because the pine split several times and had to be glued back together (if you think I was going to cut some more …) before being whacked home with a mallet … sort of like me after a party at college. I didn’t have a router when I made these, so I cut the mortises by starting them with a 3/4” spade bit, continuing with a keyhole saw, and finishing with a chisel. It would have been a lot easier with a router, but this was at least satisfactory.

Oh, crud. I just uploaded the photos, and got the sideways thing again I thought I’d corrected. Once again I prove that just because you’re a genius doesn’t mean you know anything.

-- Hibernicvs





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mrtrim

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#1 posted 2437 days ago

very nice project, i get sideways myself occasionally !

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cajunpen

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#2 posted 2437 days ago

Good looking bookcases, looks like you could break them down and move them easily.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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oscorner

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#3 posted 2437 days ago

Nice looking project! I like the use of the tenons and wedges for the shelves.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Hibernicvs

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#4 posted 2437 days ago

Thanks for all the great input! They were intended originally to be break-downable, but when some of the keys split, I haven’t wanted to test that. It wouldn’t hurt the shelves or racks, but I’d have to make new keys, and (as noted) I’m so far behind on all the things I want to do that it gets a little depressing. At least I finished my new dining table (photos to come as soon as I can borrow the camera again) in time for Thanksgiving. The design (of the bookracks) came from a photograph of the “Little Journeys” bookrack, combined with the plans in the Dover book on Mission furniture, with a few visits around the web to see what the pros were doing.

-- Hibernicvs

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