Bookshelves - Carmelia (Summer 2009)

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Project by JSB posted 09-17-2012 04:20 AM 1046 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I ended up building 2 of these. They are a full 8’ tall, 4’ wide, and 18” deep. They have a drilled peg system running the length of the sides. She wanted it painted but also wanted the texture of a deep woodgrain to be visible. Cheap CDX plywood is perfect for this situation. The shelves are faced with a 1 1/2” strip of pine with a 3/4×1/4 rabbit joining them together. I almost refused to paint it as I hate painting and did not have a sprayer. Glad I didnt as it turned out alright. Great learning experience for underbidding labor. Simple bookshelves but I enjoyed building them.
- Jay

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#1 posted 09-23-2012 05:21 PM

Nice book case! I hate painting too!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 12-05-2012 08:25 PM

Sounds like you saved the day with the customer. Good job!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#3 posted 07-30-2013 06:10 AM

I am about to start on some bookshelves to be painted myself.
Did you have to prime the ply to get the paint right? Is that pine face frame?

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#4 posted 07-30-2013 02:12 PM

nerdkraft – I never prime anything. Because when I buy the final paint it is generally more than I need I just use 2 or 3 coats of it. But yes, priming will help if you don’t have enough of your final finish to do multiple coats. The face frame was strips of 1x pine. I believe they were ripped from 1×12s.

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