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Bookshelves - finished enough for now

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Project by LegendInMyOwnMind posted 1220 days ago 1402 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was the first big project that my 15-year old son and I “completed”. Nothing is ever really completed since we need to add trim, but it’s been in use for a couple of years now and we never really finish anything we start (can anyone else relate to that?). We have an old house, built in 1890 which had a nice foyer that nobody ever comes in through since people park in the alley behind the house and come in through the kitchen.

We had 10’ high ceilings and wanted to fill the foyer with bookcases. My library still doesn’t quite fit but we are pretty much out of bookshelf space. Very basic set of tools used – table saw and jigsaw were all we had at the time. Used pine since I couldn’t afford oak and the resale values in my neighborhood wouldn’t support putting too much money into the house. Best thing is that it is very strong. I worry more about the structure of the house supporting all that weight than I do about the bookshelves holding up.

To finish we want to add crown and some sort of trim on the vertical supports. We probably need to build a ladder to get to the upper shelves since nobody is 8 ft tall in my family. Now that we have a router and a nice miter saw we coulf probably do the next steps but we’ve moved onto other projects and it may never get done.

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.





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Brandon

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#1 posted 1220 days ago

Nice bookcases! I think finishing it off with some crown would be very good.

I recognize a number of the books, too, such as the BHS, NT Wright stuff, etc. :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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spunwood

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#2 posted 1220 days ago

Great shelves, but what are those rectangular things on them? They seem to come in several colors and sizes.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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LegendInMyOwnMind

198 posts in 1221 days


#3 posted 1219 days ago

@Brandon – Yep, a pastor’s library can be a challenge. I love NTW. Seems like the kind of guy who would have woodworking as a hobby!

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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Brandon

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#4 posted 1219 days ago

Yeah, he’s a real nice guy. I sat next to him at a conference once. I doubt he does woodworking though since he’s such a prolific author.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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rivergirl

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#5 posted 1214 days ago

Nice to see a family that NEEDS a bookcase to house ALL THE BOOKS!!!! Hooray for you!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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DocSavage45

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#6 posted 1189 days ago

It’s on my project list, but maintenance seems to be a priority in old houses. People use to say “you never finish anything.” I’d reply “but I do and you don’t see it cause I start more projects than most people.” :)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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DocSavage45

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#7 posted 1189 days ago

Is that a door in the background?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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