$59 Bookshelf challenge

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Project by Tokolosi posted 01-06-2012 07:28 PM 1800 views 3 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son needed a new bookshelf for his room. Something simple. The Missus said she had looked around and found something suitable at Ikea for $59. I said no way. I can do it for less. She said ok, if I can, “fine” (What does ‘fine’ mean anyway?).

So I got 2 16’ 3/4” thick 12’ wide pine planks which cost me $41. I zapped the shelf together and added a veneered plywood backing ($7) into dado slots in the frame. Its 48” wide and 46” high. Shelves are 11” deep. I doweled all the components with 3/8” dowels. My first ever doweling project and 17 of the 18 dowel holes lined up perfectly I am happy to report. Its sanded to 320 grit and stained with Minwax with 3 coats of wipe on poly. Took two days to complete. If I add another $5 for sanding paper, glue, finish components (all off which I had) then my total comes to $53.

I have $6 left to go towards a sixpack.

And the shelf is twice as large as the one she saw at Ikea.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#1 posted 01-06-2012 07:35 PM

Enjoy the beer, you deserve it! Nice work sir. Looks great.

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Paul David Soto

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#2 posted 01-06-2012 08:09 PM

Priceless…I believe in the little man that says, “I could do it myself, better…and cheaper!” Enjoy your cold beverage of choice.

-- - As a woodworker, it could be interesting sometimes waking up in the morning and asking, "Lord, what will you have me do today?" -Noah

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#3 posted 01-06-2012 08:29 PM

Last time she says that little line then! Enjoy the six pack!

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#4 posted 01-06-2012 08:38 PM

Great project. I love building something with my own hands and saving money in the process!

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#5 posted 01-06-2012 08:57 PM

and stronger. and no doubt better in every way that can be measured.


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#6 posted 01-06-2012 09:51 PM

And built with real wood instead of particle board which will fall apart the first time he tries to move it. Great job!

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#7 posted 01-06-2012 09:53 PM

That is a great bookshelf. I think it is always better to build your own then to buy something from the store.

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#8 posted 01-06-2012 10:39 PM

Preface—I’m just playing devil’s advocate… no hate, insult, critique intended

What about the two day’s time you spent building it? (time = $$)

It looks awesome though… and I too would have done what you did. But it’s certainly worth more than $59.

Can’t wait to see the next project!

-- blu0ne - Los Angeles - -- I think I can... I think I can... I think I can...

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#9 posted 01-06-2012 11:27 PM

Nice Shelf – I have had to spend too much time getting the IKEA stuff to stay together.

As far as the two day’s time: “Why do we have shops?” I prefer to have a cold one looking over the days work and pondering what to do on the next day.

-- Chris K

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#10 posted 01-07-2012 03:46 AM

time in the shop doesn’t count. and BTW fine stands for: freaked out insecure neurotic and excited. Great job. It will last ten times what IKEA crap would. Your beer should be micro brew and cold you deserve it!

-- bad projects make good firewood

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#11 posted 01-07-2012 05:13 AM

Thank you all for the positive comments. I am currently on a little vacation so the time doesnt count. As a matter of fact time spent in my garage is helping me stay sane in this crazy world.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#12 posted 01-07-2012 06:18 AM

Keep having fun look forward to the next one.

-- Custom furniture

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#13 posted 01-07-2012 06:19 AM

Somewhere, an Ikea executive is looking at your project and saying “you may have won this round…” Seriously, the shelves look great. It’s a great feeling to build something that most people have to buy…

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#14 posted 01-07-2012 07:09 AM

looks great plus the 1st time someone tries to drag it across the room w/o taking the books out,it will still be in one piece

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

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#15 posted 01-07-2012 08:09 AM

Outstanding! Kudos to you!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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