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Project by wseand posted 12-31-2010 02:06 AM 2310 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The lady these are for is a book nut and needs lots of storage for them. They are made of Alder and stained with Red Oak and than Wipe on Poly. There is 4 altogether and there is 1 at 3 foot wide, 2 at 4 foot wide, and 1 at 5 foot wide and all are 8 foot tall. They each have 7 shelves, four of which are adjustable but I may need to make a couple more for each.

I really made them with an open look because I like the look but this will be a test to see if this design is as functional as I would like. I am not a huge fan of making bookcases but a lot of people want them. I am glad to get these out of my shop they took up an awful lot of space.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 12-31-2010 02:19 AM

They look beautiful! Please don’t let my daughter see them; she has been asking for bookshelves for a while! -Actually, i finally built some in the hallway outside of the room she used to occupy at home -like she always asked me to do. they look nothing as nice as these!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#2 posted 12-31-2010 02:31 AM

I take bribes not to tell her.LOL Thank you for your comments. I just got done well almost done with a table for my daughter I couldn’t take the begging anymore.

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#3 posted 12-31-2010 03:25 AM

Those are some industrial book shelves there… would be a good project for a lawyer to receive, they have so many books! :) They look stunning.

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#4 posted 12-31-2010 03:46 AM

She is heavily into Astronomy and is a science teacher, so most of the books are rather large hardbacks. So I made sure the adjustable shelves could hold the weight. I used the Sagulater on to make sure the front edging strip was wide enough. When finished I sat on them just to make sure.

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#5 posted 12-31-2010 05:06 PM

Great job!! Nice design.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 01-24-2011 07:29 AM

Those are some good looking bookshelves. I like the open back too. Some people just have so much stuff to hang on the wall. One day I get off my backside and post a picture and you’ll see what I mean, I have shelves with pictures hanging behind them. And I hear ya about customers big projects and shop space. Next to when you get paid, getting out of your shop never comes soon enough.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#7 posted 01-24-2011 09:53 AM

Thanks Darrell,
And amen, to getting paid and the beasts out of the shop. I do have a few paintings in the house I would like to hide, but yet fear the wrath from the LOML I would incur.

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#8 posted 03-16-2011 08:27 PM

I am really loving the stain!

-- John

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#9 posted 03-16-2011 11:18 PM

Thanks john, it came out better than I thought it would I am certainly not the best finisher.

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