|Project by Lifesaver2000||posted 12-20-2012 12:15 AM||2644 views||2 times favorited||4 comments|
My father-in-law recently retired, and my wife said that he had brought home some books from his office. My mother-in-law has often (seemingly) admired some of my previous projects, especially the bookshelf type, so this looked like a good idea for a Christmas gift. We managed to surprise them with it a few days ago by getting them out to the shop, and it appeared to go over quite well. This is the first large project I have built for someone else.
The bookcase is almost seven feet high by 32 inches wide by twelve inches deep. There are five 30 inch adjustable shelves, all can be used in either the upper or lower section. The shelves are edged with one inch solid oak to make them a little stronger and give it a more “solid” appearance. Construction is with “Made in USA” cabinet-grade 3/4 and 1/4 inch plywood for the case and shelves (the best plywood I can find in my area, from a local builder’s supply) and solid oak for the rest.
Finish is Minwax Aged Oak gel stain with Sherwin-Williams water based polyurethane. This is my first use of the gel stain, and I really like how it turned out.
I did one thing new with this project. I decided to keep records of costs and time spent. This is one of those type projects that I suspect someone might see and say “can you build me one of those?” I am hoping that when I tell them what it would cost they will be discouraged, since I don’t have any interest in building things for money but am not good at saying “no.”
The costs of all the wood, hardware and finishing supplies was right at $200. Miscellaneous supplies like glue, tape and also estimated shop electrical costs was an additional $30. Then my best guess for equipment and blade/bit wear and tear is another $70, making a total out of pocket cost of $300. I spent 85 hours building this one, but figure I could shorten that down some on a second, so I am looking at a minimum of $1000 for it to be worth the trouble of building another one. I don’t think anyone I know would pay that kind of money for a bookcase so I should be safe.