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Tabletop bookshelf

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Project by nebulous posted 09-22-2010 08:02 PM 3707 views 5 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A little tabletop bookshelf I built, modeled completely on this project by Bob. I’m not done with the pegs yet, although I’ll likely keep them plain oak, rather than the lovely lamination that Bob uses.


Description

Made of oak and walnut, with a few layers of wipe-on poly finish.

The design accomodates both a modest number of books, as well as half a series of doorstop military fantasy by Steven Erikson, all with ease, due to the sliding piece. And, of course, it comes apart easily and can be packaged flat.


Construction

The oak came surfaced on four sides. I got two pieces 3’ long, one about 5 1/2” wide, the other about 2 3/4”. I used my ‘table saw’ to rip two 20mm thick strips from two 1.5×1.5”. I made the mortises for the pegs, and glued them to the slender piece of oak. See pic 6, made during the first (messy) glue-up; that’s all the wood in the project, including the dowel for alignment.

After the rip cuts with the saw, the only powertool used was a random orbit sander.

The thin strips of walnut went on to make the sides of the uprights. So the only wood wasted was a bit of walnut (enough to make two very short chopsticks) and the offcuts from the roundovers.

And the good news is, I used exactly half the oak boards, so I could make another one to give away!





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#1 posted 09-22-2010 10:04 PM

Nice design.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#2 posted 09-23-2010 05:30 AM

I’ve wanted to build one of these since I saw the original that inspired you.

Excellent job. Any book would be proud to live there.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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