Small shelf or???

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Project by Jason™ posted 11-02-2012 07:09 PM 1838 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I been kinda busy cleaning up the old vise I recently recieved from a friend, but in the midst of this I was also working on a small storage shelf for possibly drill bits? or something!!. The main problem is I always tend to wander around in circles when I get free time in the shop and can’t seem to actually start anything I wanna make. Bad case of ADHD or something!! who knows. But anyways I decided that I wanted to start on a more advanced well for me anyways project that would be something that might actually turn out quite nice and be able to use it in the main part of the house instead of hiding it in the basement.

To start I really should have went from a set of plans of some sort but thats where the ADHD comes into play. Wandering around my little area the bright idea came over me to make a cabinet style small bookshelf type deal. From no type of plans or instructions. BIG MISTAKE #1 as the picture show this problem with the overall completed project. Not very good spacing or arrangement of shelves. I basically just started dadoing some grooves and placing rabbets around the sides and tops. Knowing what I wanted to make with a blurry picture in my head somewhere? I got all the pieces cut and then decided I was gonna apply the finish before I assembled any of it. A few days later I glued everything up and added some veneer to the front pieces to hide the plywood. This was in a tape style pack that I ran across at Lowes in the discount bin they had for like 1.79 or something. Everything went together quite well and I was really happy with myself knowing that I made this myself and it actually looks quite nice almost good enough for the living room or bedroom or…..?

The more I observed this unit the more I became quite irritated with the overall appearance of the shelf placement and such. Really wish I would of went with some real plans before I just started to throw something together. My main intentions for this was to hold my drill bits, few router bits I own, and the newly acquired 8 piece PC forstner bit set I picked up for 20 bucks. This was to be placed in the small slot shown, since these were in a wooden case and I wanted a home for them as well as all my other bits I have.

Learned quite a bit from this build and to never go without a good set of directions when I wanna make something. P
Pictures are not the greatest but I do wanna thank everyone on this site for all there help with all my questions I have all the time. I really wish there was some sort of community around my area that teaches woodworking and such. Im in the wrong area though and don’t really have much access to learning other than videos and such. They just make it look so easy though..
Thanks for looking and be truthful with this project. This was made with the copper rule, instead of golden…

Note: My homemade router table can be seen as well another item that was threw together with a nail gun and no kinda plans. Been wanting to finish the fence and try this thing out to see if this makes using the router much simpler!!!


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#1 posted 11-02-2012 07:29 PM

I think this looks great. I know what you mean about starting a project. It can be a big commitment, depending on what you’re going to do. I like the smaller weekend projects the best. I don’t know if you’ve made any book shelves (I’ve only made a couple), but you’ve just built a nice small bookshelf. You should go for a bigger one. All the principles are the same, it’s just bigger.

btw I have a list of project plan sites (if you’re looking for any). Most of them are free over at:

-- Daris, Indianapolis,

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#2 posted 11-02-2012 08:43 PM

Oops, duplicate post

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#3 posted 11-02-2012 08:44 PM

Cool nice work.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 11-02-2012 08:44 PM


I think this turned out very nicely! I’m a newby myself and this is the only source of help/direction I have other than reading and watching videos. As frustrating as it can be, it’s neat when you figure out something that has been stumping you. I made the world’s most expensive pine adirondack chair because of all the mistakes I made, but I certainly learned a lot. Your bookshelf looks great.

Keep at it,

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#5 posted 11-03-2012 02:50 AM

I think you made a good move doing this project on your own. You have probably learned much more than you think. And, you gained experience with such as dados, set. Shelf looks fine. Nothing wrong with it except what you don’t like. There are lots of places for getting “beginner” project plans for free. Minwax has a long list on their site. Good job. Keep it up

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#6 posted 11-03-2012 10:35 AM

Made it and the use for it will come! Nice job.

-- -T

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#7 posted 11-03-2012 02:18 PM

Everything you make adds to your skill level , so don’t frown upon this experiment. Take what you’ve learned and apply it to your next project : )
It looks fine from here , even if it doesn’t meet your immediate expectations : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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