Simple Bookshelf

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Project by Andrew posted 05-16-2012 06:05 PM 1430 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not my first project, just the first I’ve uploaded. The art teacher wanted a shelf to fit in a little spot in her classroom, and was going to buy cheap plastic shelving, but I wasn’t about to allow that.

No mechanical fasteners , just a few finish nails in the finish frame uprights.

Dadoed the shelves. Had some students do some of the sanding, hence where you see where they broke through the top layer of the 3/4” ply. Also added another coat of poly after the pictures.

Overall turned out well, I was very pleased at how sturdy it was. Of course the spot where she wanted it, the floor dips about three quarters of an inch, so it’s shimmed. However it does sit flat on something level.

Some advice needed, i used quarter inch ply for the back, however I didn’t know how to cover up the end of the ply where it sticks up over the last shelf. I needed a back on the top shelf, I just didn’t know how to run the frame over it. I stained it, and it looks okay, but there is obviously a solution, so any suggestions are welcome.

Thanks for looking.

-- If you don't start building your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs.

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#1 posted 05-16-2012 11:50 PM

One way to cover the edge of plywood is iron on veneer; never used it on quarter inch though

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 05-17-2012 05:16 PM

To cover the top of the back, I’d use a piece of the same edging you’ve used elsewhere, but cut a rabbet along the front edge so the edging will be level with the front of the back plywood, but will stick out the back a bit, and extend down the back to provide some gluing surface.

-- Peter

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