Bookshelf for Mary

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Project by Jim posted 01-12-2008 08:43 PM 1460 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw an article in FWW from Gary Katz explaining how easy it was to do built-in bookshelves when trimming a room. I had the plans all figured out and then submitted them to the chief(Mary) for approval. “why would you build-in bookshelves? we’re not staying here, I hate this house!” What? You never told me that! I hate it too! Let’s find a piece of land where I can build a shop. But I digress…

So the built-in became a standalone. African tiger-stripe mahogany. Built the shelves and sides out of mahogany plywood 1st, then wrapped the whole thing in a three-sided face frame assembly so I could hide all the pocket screws.

As a custom touch, there’s a hidden compartment below the top, lined with felt, to store precious stuff. Mary and I liked it so much I built a duplicate for my daughter Julie.

-- Jim, Boise ID - Attitude is everything

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Jiri Parkman

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#1 posted 01-12-2008 09:02 PM

Nice wood and beautiful bookshelf.

-- Jiri

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#2 posted 01-12-2008 09:27 PM

Great bookcase! I love mahogany even African. Cool hiding place. Now everybody knows!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 01-12-2008 10:49 PM

Thats got to be one of the best feature I’ve seen in quite sometime (top shelve/idea) thanks for posting…hope you get your new shop…Blkcherry

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#4 posted 01-12-2008 11:03 PM

Hey blkcherry, got my new shop! Pictures coimg soon.

-- Jim, Boise ID - Attitude is everything

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#5 posted 01-12-2008 11:06 PM

Love it! The mohogany is gorgeous! The hidden compartment is a really nice feature, did you think about including a hidden latch to keep it locked? I’m building some built in shelves soon, I think I’ll incorporate that feature. Thanks for the idea!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#6 posted 01-12-2008 11:29 PM

Hey Mathew, i didn’t think about a lock at the time, but I might consider one in the future.

-- Jim, Boise ID - Attitude is everything

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#7 posted 01-13-2008 12:07 AM

Love the bookshelves Jim. I’ll bet Mary does too! Great job!

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#8 posted 01-13-2008 06:13 AM

I especially like the use of space at the top. Very interesting, gives me ideas for shelving I need to build.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#9 posted 01-13-2008 08:03 AM

Beautiful, again. The hidden compartment is a excellent addition to this piece. I really love the whole look.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#10 posted 01-13-2008 03:32 PM

Nice work, the top is great, it is the thing that makes the project your oiwn.

-- Marge, Colorado

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#11 posted 01-13-2008 09:20 PM

Very cool, nice wood.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#12 posted 01-14-2008 11:25 PM

love the compartment on top

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#13 posted 09-02-2008 06:48 AM

I love hidden compartments too.

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#14 posted 09-02-2008 05:16 PM

Nice job the compartment idea is super.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#15 posted 09-02-2008 05:47 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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