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First try at wood working, built in bookshelves

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Project by hammester posted 1128 days ago 2499 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this was my first ever attempt at working with wood, I had literally never even made a small box before. I definitely learned a lot on the way and kind of just winged it as I went. One thing is for sure I now have a strong hatred for dowels :) I was not precise enough when drilling the holes for the dowels in the face frame so on one or two of the boards there is a little hump. I use 3/4 inch oak plywood for the shelves and the bottom and top of the cabinets. For the face from I used solid oak. The only wood working tools I had at the time were a table saw and miter saw and I had no idea about the different kind of joints available which is why I used dowels for the face frame and to hold the shelves up.





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Greg Wurst

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#1 posted 1128 days ago

Looks pretty-darned good for a first effort!

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#2 posted 1128 days ago

Well, I think that you have done a mighty fine job on these wall units and you deserve to be proud of them and I hope that you have gotten a good taste of woodworking that was pleasing to you and that you will never stop coming back for more. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 1128 days ago

you have got a lot of talent.
i’ll bet there is nothing you could not make now

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#4 posted 1128 days ago

Awesome job

-- Robert: Life is all about the stories ~

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#5 posted 1128 days ago

Looks great. Love the box of nilla wafers. My favorite!

-- "I believe that our Heavenly Father invented man because he was disappointed in the monkey." - Mark Twain

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hammester

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#6 posted 1128 days ago

Thanks guys, I forgot to add that I did not make the cabinet doors or fronts, I had those custom made since I did not even know what a router was lol.

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#7 posted 1128 days ago

Nice job on this. Im sure your bride in the pics is very proud to look at that everyday. Now you can build the future. ————————————————

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shopmania

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#8 posted 1128 days ago

Nice first project! Try a Kreg jig for your face frames, easy way to get started, and relatively inexpensive.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, DrTim@ONeillChiro.com- Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#9 posted 1128 days ago

You are well on your way to making many things for your house and home. Good job.

Al

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#10 posted 1128 days ago

First or 50th… Looks like fine work. Congrats!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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Lewis Baumstark, Jr.

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#11 posted 1128 days ago

I hope my in-progress built-ins come out looking as good!

-- Every time I walk in my shop I thank my dad, my geometry teacher, and my drafting instructor...in that order.

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#12 posted 1128 days ago

Nice job on the built-in.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#13 posted 1127 days ago

You have found a hidden talent and have shown a certain flare for style and proportion. It’s too late to turn back now. You are in it for the long hall. Can’t wait to see your next efforts.
By the way, you might consider using cheaper wood than solid oak, or oak veneered plywood, if you intend to paint a piece.

-- Then, Than, Their, There, They're, To, Too, Two.....Pine, Maple, Walnut....We need to know the difference.....

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#14 posted 1124 days ago

I wish my first project looked like this. Your skill levels are above me.

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#15 posted 1120 days ago

Very nice built in hammester.
If this is your first, I am looking forward to your next project:)

-- ->Growing old is mandatory, Growing up is optional-<

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