Ladder Bookcase

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Project by jayman7 posted 606 days ago 1098 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There were some bookcases that I really liked from Crate and Barrel, but they were $700 a piece.

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And there was a good chance they would block my in-wall speakers. So of course I built my own that were custom sized to the exact dimensions I needed. Since I won’t put too many heavy things on them, I made it out of poplar and birch plywood for the shelves. I stained them dark espresso to match the entertainment console I bought earlier. The total material cost was only $70 total.

Unfortunately (or fortunately), the joints were all at odd angles so I finally decided to buy a Festool Domino. It made quick work of the joints and worked flawlessly. I bought a CT26 with it, so the price to build the shelves ended up being the same as buying them, lol. But at least I have my new festool toys with perfectly sized shelves!

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#1 posted 606 days ago

Sounds like a great rationalization. LOL! Nicely executed pieces!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 606 days ago

I like it a lot. Crisp and neat work.

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#3 posted 606 days ago

The bookcases are great !

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#4 posted 606 days ago

Domino $1200+ $ 70 material + stain $15= $1285 ,
$700×2 store bought shelves = $1400 . $1400-$1285 = + $115 and a free Domono. This is the kind of math I like.
Super looking shelves.

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#5 posted 606 days ago

I happen to have that same entertainment console….Nice book shelves, and great financial reasoning!

-- Albert Einstein - "I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right."

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