|Project by JasonD||posted 10-01-2013 04:43 AM||1378 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
I have a bunch of woodworking and DIY home repair books, but didn’t have anywhere to put them. I also had about 4 bf of Poplar laying around asking to be used. 2 + 2 = a simple dovetailed bookcase with a dado’ed shelf.
I also needed a new night stand. So, I made the bookcase 24” with a lower shelf with 12” clearance and the upper shelf with about 9-1/2” clearance. After I finish a few other small projects I have waiting in the wings, I’m going to build a matching wall-hung book shelf to store my woodworking magazine “boxes”; 2 of which are upright on the bottom shelf and 3 others are laid on their sides on the top shelf.
This is the first project that I’ve done in several months that I built 100% with hand tools. I own a table saw, bandsaw, etc and love them, but every now and then, it’s nice to leave the machines alone, put some music on, and break out the hand saws, chisels, and planes. This was the first time I’ve ever cut dado’s with a handsaw and it was definitely a learning experience.
Oh, important note: with the Saints playing on MNF tonight, I didn’t want to miss any of the game, but I wanted to finish the bookcase before bed tonight….
So, I talked my wife into letting me plane, scrape, and hand sand the book case in the living room during the game tonight….and, yes, I swept and vacuumed (almost) every shaving and bit of saw dust up. :)