My First Project - 2008

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Project by JohnAlmeyda posted 11-07-2012 09:20 PM 1129 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project that I did before I knew anything about woodworking. I wanted to turn a closet in one of my spare bedrooms I to a built in book shelf. The wood is pine from Home Depot. I used a small table saw that I borrowed from a friend and hand sanded everything.

The whole project took about 3 months. It turned out pretty good I was happy with it. I miss it, I sold the house 6 months later and left it there. I think I will do something similar in my new house, it should be interesting to do the same project now and see how it comes out now that I have some actual woodworking knowledge.

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#1 posted 11-07-2012 09:39 PM

For a newbie at that, your work fascinates me.
Keep us posted with the new one.

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#2 posted 11-07-2012 09:58 PM

Thanks Fishinbo!

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#3 posted 11-07-2012 10:43 PM

it seems you knew something about woodworking, even if you didn’t know you knew.

It would be interesting to know what you will do different now that you know what you didn’t know. Let us know.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 11-07-2012 10:51 PM

Most times people go out of their way to hide the brackets with french cleats etc. Or they buy cheap metal brackets, slap a board on top and call it a shelf. Although your brackets take up space they sure do add tremendously to the overall appeal of the unit. Well done!

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#5 posted 11-08-2012 01:26 AM

Well done. All my projects are construction grade pine such as this. I wonder though, could you explain your finishing method. Getting pine that dark is difficult to me.
- Jay

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#6 posted 11-08-2012 04:27 AM

Thanks guys

Jay – I used minwax poly/stain mix and in between coats I sanded with very fine steel wool. I think I put like 6 coats on to get it to the color I liked.

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#7 posted 11-08-2012 03:49 PM

A great way to start and a great learning experience. You should recreate the project in your new home and enhance it based on your past experience.

-- Making sawdust and memories through woodworking.

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