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Project by RTJM27 posted 898 days ago 885 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am moving in a few weeks and wanted to crank out just a few more projects before packing up my workshop. Here’s something I’m giving away again and on a Soldier’s income had to buy cheap material. I used pine 1×10 for the shelf and some chair rail for the trim work. I picked the best boards I could find at the local mega mart but still had to deal with cupped and twisted material. I came up with a design that would hide the joints so it didn’t matter if everything wasn’t 100% flush. There is a spacer cut to exact height between the shelves so the sides are a total of 1 1/2” thick. I was able to glue the sides on with the cup facing inward and then cover all the joints with the trim. So there are minimal nail heads exposed and it turned out to have a very clean appearance. For my first shelf not made of 2×4 and plywood i’m happy.
Thanks for checking it out.

-- Reed





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 898 days ago

There is often times when we have to compensate for flaws in material. Nothing wrong with pine. Probably more made out of it than anything else. Shelf looks very sturdy.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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doncutlip

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#2 posted 898 days ago

Fine looking bookcase, nice detail with the trim

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Ben Simms

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#3 posted 897 days ago

Very nice! I have started making bookcases like this, also out of pine. i find that my jointer is indispensable for correcting out of true boards.
How far apart are your shelves?

-- 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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RTJM27

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#4 posted 897 days ago

My novice shop is missing a jointer still. The shelves are all 11” apart.

-- Reed

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Ben Simms

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#5 posted 890 days ago

I spaced mine for 10” of book space (so 10-3/4”), which seems to work well for my wife’s books. If the wood you are working with is true you might not need a jointer. I work with pallet wood so I absolutely needed one. I found my 6” Ridgid jointer on C-list for a great price.

-- 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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