Built in book shelves

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Project by Rob Stallworth posted 02-28-2012 08:13 PM 1466 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife has been asking me to make her a set of built-in bookshelves in our living room on either side of the fireplace, and I finally made time to do it. I realize that these are painted, and can’t show as much of the detail of stained shelves, but the paint really went with the rest of the decor of our house. As many coats of paint as I had to apply, I almost think it would have been easier to stain. I still have a little paint touching up to do, especially around the trim.

I pulled out all the crown and base molding, and once the cabinet was in place, I trimmed around it to give it the full “built-in” feel. One big thing was, that since these were floor to ceiling (9’), and I could not tilt them in, that I could only partially assemble them in my shop, and had to do about half of the assembly in place.

Everything was made out of paint grade hard maple and paint grade plywood. The drawers are also all solid maple, and are joined with half-blind dovetails, using a porter-cable dovetail jig. The drawers are designed to fit 2 rows of DVD’s each. I hated using side mounted slides, but I just couldn’t justify the extra cost of using something like Blum under mount slides since there are 8 drawers.

I had a bit of a hard time with the stopped fluting, so ended up making a fluting jig based on several other designs. The sides each have 3 raised panels.

Thanks for looking!
Rob Stallworth
Birmingham, AL

-- Rob Stallworth, Birmingham AL

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#1 posted 02-28-2012 11:25 PM

Thats a nice looking book shelf. I love built ins, they add a real touch of personality to a home, not to mention value. Great job!

-- - Martin

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#2 posted 02-29-2012 03:06 AM

Nice bookshelves, they look like they were part of the original decor, you did a great job.

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

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#3 posted 02-29-2012 08:04 AM

Very nice job, and very nice trimjob too:)

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