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Project by pneufab posted 08-06-2011 05:02 PM 2205 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wanted a built in bookcase for our front room. Our style in furnishings is more modern. I found a few designs on the net, drew this one up in Sketch up and went to work. A few sheets of MDF and melamine and the wife is happy!

She wanted to have random size openings to put some knick knak stuff. She still needs to find some things to finish filling it. Not the most exciting project, but it gets the job done.

Thanks for looking





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rmac

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#1 posted 08-06-2011 05:11 PM

That’s real nice! What kind of paint did you use? And what’s holding that bottom shelf up off the floor?

—Russ

-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs. http://thesorteddetails.blogspot.com/

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vipond33

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#2 posted 08-06-2011 05:12 PM

Not much wood in here but a super distinctive design and snappy colours. The alternating backs are a nice touch.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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tyskkvinna

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#3 posted 08-06-2011 05:12 PM

I love it. :) I especially like how some of the edges are curved and the other side is not.

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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dpow

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#4 posted 08-06-2011 05:17 PM

While I don’t share your enthusiasm for the modern style, I really do like your bookcase. I like the “random openings” and especially like the color. Nice job. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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pneufab

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#5 posted 08-06-2011 05:58 PM

Thanks for the comments!

rmac – I sealed the edges of the MDF with water putty or drywall compound (I tried both and they both worked well) primed with 2 coats of Zinnser 123. I painted with probably 3 coats of a Valspar semi-gloss primer/paint stuff they sell at Lowes. I purchased some General Finishes polyacrylic to topcoat, but when I was assembling it (i.e beating the slotted shelves in with a rubber mallet! They were a tight fit) I was surprised on how durable the paint itself was so I decided not to clear for now.

It is hard to see, but if you look at the last picture (the cold air vent) you can barely see a black edge. When I hung the units, I used a 2×4 at a spacer on the bottom. This allowed me to make a melamine shelf with a piece of MDF cut and screwed to the bottom of the melamine with the edges painted black. This pc is just slides (tightly) under the unit. If/When we replace the carpet in the future, I can just pull the bottom shelf out and it will allow access to replace the carpet. I think it turned out well and it makes is appear to float (sorta) while still adding the stability of the floor.

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rmac

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#6 posted 08-06-2011 06:43 PM

pneufab—So basically that bottom shelf is thicker in the back and is just jammed in between the carpet and the vertical uprights. Is that right?

I tried topcoating paint with a clear finish before and always had trouble with slight yellowing, even with the supposedly “clear” water-based finishes. Maybe the newer products are better in that regard? Anyway, topcoating the green parts would work great; the white maybe not so much.

—Russ

-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs. http://thesorteddetails.blogspot.com/

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pneufab

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#7 posted 08-07-2011 06:39 AM

Re. bottom shelf….Not exactly. I drew this up to better explain what I was trying to describe above.

Hope this helps.

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rmac

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#8 posted 08-07-2011 03:31 PM

@pneufab: Yeah! Thanks for the extra picture. That’s what I was imagining.

—Russ

-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs. http://thesorteddetails.blogspot.com/

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tedth66

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#9 posted 08-08-2011 05:48 AM

The shelves look fantastic Pneufab.

Did the edges require a lot of sanding after putting drywall compound on them? What’s the trick to not creating a lot of work on the MDF edges?

-- Ted

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pneufab

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#10 posted 08-09-2011 01:49 AM

Ted – Not really, no. I just used a putty knife and put a thin coat on it, pressing it into the mdf. I wasn’t too careful with slopping it over the sides either! Once dry I popped off the pieces on the sides and lightly sanded the edges with a sanding sponge or a block with 220. 2 Coats of primer and they were sealed well!

Now if I was painting it to a high gloss, automotive finish, I would have had to spend a lot more time to get it smooth. But for latex primer and paint, it worked very well.

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