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Project by Daddypig posted 07-04-2018 12:18 AM 991 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a bookcase i recently finished made of leftovers from other projects. I’m happy with it so far, and my daughter is putting it to good use. My back yard is my shop, so my neighbors are probably glad its finished too. Made out of White Birch plywood and Spruce lumber and finished with water based polyurethane.

Here are some videos that helped me.
How to build a basic bookcase.
This Old House builds a bookcase out of stair treads.
This Old House makes a circular saw guide

Tools used:
Circular saw (I made my own table saw by making a plywood box and bolting my circular saw underneath)
Router
Power drill
Pocket hole jig

What I learned:
1. The rabbits for the shelves must be the exact same depth. I used different thicknesses of plywood for the shelves because it was made of leftover pieces. The bottom shelf is 3/4” and the middle shelves are 1/2”, so I had to change my router bit. Even though I measured as best I could, the depth of the 1/2” rabbits were 1mm or so deeper. When I screwed the shelves in, the rabbits for the 2 center shelves caused a slight bow of the sides. This created a problem when I put the banding on the front. I had to try to put straight banding on curved sides….grrrr. My next purchase will be an orbital sander.

2. People appreciate a carpenter. All my neighbors were curious and came out to talk to me about my project. It turned out to be a great ice-breaker.

Questions:
How do I know what side of the line to cut on? Is there a rule of thumb or a good video someone can share?





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swirt

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#1 posted 07-04-2018 01:47 AM

Good looking bookcase.

Side of the line to cut on: Always cut on the waste side of the line.The part of the wood that gets removed by the saw teeth (the kerf) should always come out of the waste, not out of the part that you want to keep…. because you can’t keep what was in the kerf… it is sawdust in the wind.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 07-04-2018 10:16 AM

Good looking bookcase. And yeah, exactly what swirt said.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 07-04-2018 12:27 PM

You did a nice job on this bookcase.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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BigMig

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#4 posted 07-04-2018 02:30 PM

Man, that’s a pro-job. Seriously – great results and now a better relationship with neighbors and a happy daughter. Awesome!

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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woodbutcherbynight

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#5 posted 07-04-2018 03:10 PM

Nice work! As for an ice breaker be prepared for alot of requests to make things.

Your circular saw / table saw idea = creative.

As for what side of the line to cut. When you mark your line scribe an X on the waste side.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Joe

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#6 posted 07-04-2018 03:22 PM

Your bookcase looks great. You are a skilled woodworker who is able to over come the problems you encounter making projects. Thanks for taking the time to give us the information on bookcases. I appreciate that. Thanks for inspiring

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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therealSteveN

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#7 posted 07-04-2018 07:18 PM



Good looking bookcase.

Side of the line to cut on: Always cut on the waste side of the line.The part of the wood that gets removed by the saw teeth (the kerf) should always come out of the waste, not out of the part that you want to keep…. because you can t keep what was in the kerf… it is sawdust in the wind.

- swirt

I agree, good looking bookcase, and I’ll add after the cut the board will be rough, and require sanding. “leaving” the line allows you to sand up to it, making a clean finished edge, and it’s still the size you wanted when you started.

Thanks for posting, and Congrats on your 3.

-- Think safe, be safe

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holiner

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#8 posted 07-05-2018 12:56 AM

Nice bookcase.

A hint for the router depth. Set it by placing the router over the existing dado and lower the bit until it just touches the bottom of the dado. Slide the router a bit to check that it just grazes the bottom. This should insure that the dado depths are way closer than 1mm.

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