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Project by SouthHollow posted 448 days ago 815 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After lots of projects for the garage / shop, here’s my first to almost make it inside the house.

My wife and I wanted to turn a near useless space on our sun-porch into a reading nook.

LOTS of firsts for me on this project:
First dado joint.
First time staining a project.
First time finishing a project.
First time incorporating electrical into a project.
First time using edge banding on plywood.
First time using trim on a project.
(It’s almost like I’m still pretty new to all this)

Learned a bunch, and learned a lot about how much I don’t know, especially in getting finishes to come out the way i want them to. Wouldn’t have done it without the inspration of seeing other LJs work.

Special thanks to the commenters who helped me out when I was trying to figure out how / when to stain it on the forums.

Who knows, Maybe my next project will make it into the house proper.

-- Alex, Los Angeles





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ChrisK

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#1 posted 448 days ago

Looks good, nice work.

-- Chris K

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SouthHollow

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#2 posted 448 days ago

Thank you Chris.

I totally forgot… also the first time I’ve tried building adjustable shelves. I got the rockler shelf pin jig and it worked like a champ.

-- Alex, Los Angeles

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#3 posted 448 days ago

Nice bookcase!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Dakkar

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#4 posted 448 days ago

It looks great from where I’m sitting. This demonstrates one great advantage of DIY furniture making. You probably wouldn’t have ever found a store piece that would have fit that spot so well.

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SouthHollow

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#5 posted 448 days ago

Dakkar – That is for certain.

I could have bought something for less than I spent making this, but this piece ends up being both a better fit, and stronger and lets me keep the power outlet accessible.

Also, I like to tell myself that about 3/4 of the money I spent on it was for tools that will be used for lots of future projects, and if i use that math, it was also a huge cost savings.

-- Alex, Los Angeles

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Dakkar

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#6 posted 448 days ago

…the money I spent on it was for tools that will be used for lots of future projects.

That’s always been my philosophy. :)

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#7 posted 445 days ago

Great job!! So, what is the next project?

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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SouthHollow

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#8 posted 445 days ago

Thank you Jack.

I’m pretty sure that a crib is the next project. Just need to finalize the plan, and figure out where I’m getting the wood.

-- Alex, Los Angeles

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