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Project by Ben Simms posted 03-01-2012 at 12:57 PM 2024 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first finished project in my own shop. I got permission to take some scraped shipping crates and pallets from a local business, tore them apart, knocked out the nails and milled them to 3/4”. I used a homemade panel clamp to edge glue the boards, cut to size and ran dados for all of the shelves. The shelves are spaced 10” on center, to accommodate a standard sized hardback book with a little room to spare. I ended up making the top and bottom separately and added 3/4” splines to hold them together. It is 8-1/4” deep for a low profile. No nails, no screws, just joinery and glue.
I think the wood is yellow pine but I’m not sure? Maybe someone can tell based on the last picture?
I love recycling wood!

-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.





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murch

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#1 posted 03-01-2012 at 01:10 PM

Good job Ben. Look’s like you’ll get years out of it. Best of luck in the new shop.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#2 posted 03-01-2012 at 02:15 PM

Nice job, looks a little like Douglas fir

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

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Ben Simms

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#3 posted 03-02-2012 at 06:49 AM

Murch, Thanks for the comment. I hope to take this with us when we eventually move, hopefully it won’t get to banged up on the truck.

Marty, Hmm… Douglas fir, cool now I won’t sound dumb when I tell friends what its made out of. Thanks.

-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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Gabe C.

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#4 posted 04-04-2012 at 06:24 AM

That is a great looking shelf, Ben! Thanks for posting it.
A homemade panel clamp? I’d love to see a picture of that. I personally suffer from a severe lack of clamps, so a lot of my projects get a series of cut plywood and shim clamps. Always looking for a new trick. Thanks again!

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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Ben Simms

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#5 posted 04-04-2012 at 06:37 AM

Thanks Gabe, nice to hear from you. I’ll post the panel clamp as soon as I get a chance. I love this site.

-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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Gabe C.

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#6 posted 04-04-2012 at 06:50 AM

Yeah, I have found a lot of inspiration here. Great site.

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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