Leaning bookshelf

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Project by Darryl Jones posted 07-07-2013 02:43 AM 2856 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a leaning bookshelf that I built primarily to house my DVD collection. It is made of ash. I made it myself because the units that I found at the stores were very expensive and poorly made. Most of the units for purchase also have the tray type shelves which I also didn’t like. This unit served our purposes, the wife loves it (really all that matters). As usual feel free to leave any comments.

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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#1 posted 07-07-2013 05:56 AM

I like the thicker proportions of the side supports. This might have been the result of the way you assembled the side pieces, but nevertheless I think it looks better than the usual skimpier sides. Good design!

-- JohnnyB - - Sometimes determination can substitute for skill.

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Michael Wilson

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#2 posted 07-07-2013 04:03 PM

Nice work. Yeah I’m alarmed by the quality of the ones I see out there. I actually have a couple in my living room that look like they were put together with staples.

Yours looks nice and stout. What’s the finish?

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Darryl Jones

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#3 posted 07-07-2013 04:30 PM

I used 3 coats of lacquer for the finish.

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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#4 posted 07-07-2013 05:03 PM

Great looking book shelves…. well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#5 posted 07-07-2013 05:31 PM

nice booh shelves, well builg

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#6 posted 07-07-2013 10:26 PM

I am not familiar with this design in a bookcase but it looks great. How does it keep from sliding down the wall if someone bumps it?

-- Don in Johnstown, Ohio

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#7 posted 07-08-2013 12:19 AM

Very nice job on this shelf unit.

I have built 4 of these leaning shelf units and am amazed how sturdy/stable they are.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 07-08-2013 12:45 AM

Nice. These shelves do seem overpriced when buying retail. Even the crappy ones like at Target are ridiculously priced. I’ve also considered making some myself.

Yours look great.

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Darryl Jones

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#10 posted 07-08-2013 02:54 AM

Don, appearently it is the angle that makes it so sturdy. When building this, I contemplated including keyhole slots or non-slip pads on the feet but when i tested the unit during a dry fit i found that it was unnecessary. I even bumped into one of the legs once and it didn’t move at all.

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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#11 posted 07-08-2013 03:15 AM

Putting those Ash cutoffs to good use ;-)

-- Xyloid Curt "Exposing the hidden beauty in wood"

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Darryl Jones

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#12 posted 07-08-2013 11:57 AM

yes indeedy!

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#13 posted 07-10-2013 02:13 PM

That looks good and sturdy. Like the design and joinery. Great job!

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