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Project by Clayton Whisman posted 02-26-2012 02:34 PM 1105 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of the very first projects I made (about 3 years ago). I made lots of mistakes building it, but learned a lot along the way. It’s made from red oak, which I purchased from Lowes because at the time I had no planner and didn’t know where to get lumber yet. Unfortunately I also got the plywood from Lowes, (didn’t know where to get good plywood yet either), so this it’s full of voids. Some of the voids are right below the veneer, so it’s quite easy to poke though them (I should try to inject the voids with epoxy, but the shelf is full of books now :-) ). I also made the beginners mistake of cutting all of my parts at once (I was working from a set of plans) so the little errors (16th here 16th there, and warping of the boards (didn’t mill them myself)) started to add up to make assembly very interesting. All-in-all I’m pleased with how it turned out, especially considering my lack of experience at the time. The finish was Minwax Early American Stain and 3 coats of Ploy.





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#1 posted 02-26-2012 03:22 PM

I would have never guessed first project, this came out nice, true craftsmanship is when you have Jedi ore material or tools to work with and you produce something stunning like this.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 02-26-2012 03:31 PM

Thanks Marty

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#3 posted 02-26-2012 04:28 PM

Nice work Clayton a very good looking bookcase.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 02-26-2012 08:51 PM

If there are mistakes you hid them well, I don’t see any. Nice joinery too.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#5 posted 02-26-2012 09:56 PM

Thanks Jim.

Thanks Don.

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#6 posted 02-26-2012 11:17 PM

Great bookcase, red oak is my favorite to build with, I love the look of it. How did you attach the sides and back to the base and the top?

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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#7 posted 02-26-2012 11:26 PM

Thanks kmh2412. The sides are attached to the back with tongue and groves. The bottom is attached to the sides and back with dowels and glue (I’m pretty sure I ran a few screws in through the bottom too, for when the glue fails 150 years from now :-) ). The top is attached with a grove cut around the perimeter and table top hardware like these: http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2001036/10127/Table-Top-Fasteners.aspx

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#8 posted 02-27-2012 01:14 AM

Thanks for the info. I made an entertainment center a few years ago with a similar design. I tossed around a few different ideas of how I wanted to attach the sides to base and top. The table top fasteners seem easy to use, I might give ‘em a try on a future project.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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#9 posted 03-03-2012 12:41 PM

Clayton I love it. Can I ask how wide it is? I want to make one just like this for my sister.

Also you mentioned now knowing better sources to get plywood, are these local lumber stores? Or what other sources do you now know of?

Thanks.

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#10 posted 03-03-2012 12:45 PM

Hi Clayton;

That’s a really nice project, especially considering it was one of our first attempts.

I cringe when I see some of my firsts. (course I was only 3 then, and working with plastic tools)

Great job.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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#11 posted 03-03-2012 09:03 PM

Thanks Kmh2412!

Thanks jessetheradical! – Overall dimensions are 29” high x 38” wide x 12” deep. This woodworking plan appeared in Woodsmith magazine No. 49. You can purchase the plans for about $6 @ www.plansnow.com As far as the plywood goes, you should talk to a local cabinetmaker and ask where they purchase their plywood. Our local Woodcraft here also sells premium hardwood plywood. There are also online sources, but most of them will not sell you a full sheet (too difficult/expensive to ship).

Thanks Lee! – Wish I’d started at 3 :-)

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