Bookcases and a media center

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Project by Matt posted 2656 days ago 2280 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my coworkers, one of the bosses to be exact, heard that I was a woodworker. Her and her familiy had been wanting a wall of bookcases and a media center for more books and their new flat screen TV. Looking back on it, I probably should have taken on one project at a time. Either the bookcases and then the media center or vice versa. But as usual I can’t help but jump in over my head and swim to the surface. My little shop was awfully cramped, but with a little creative organization I made it through. The only downside is that the paint job didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped, but with all the books in place you can’t see my oops!!!

-- Straight grains & sharp blades

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#1 posted 2656 days ago

Thanks for sharing. They look good and are functional. What are they made out of?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 2655 days ago

I think I have that many books!!

I bet they are pleased.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 2655 days ago

All pieces are made from birch plywood. I had originally planned on using MDF, but then I remembered I still had to move them out of the basement and around town. The customers insisted that there be no face frame, they wanted a simple look to the whole project. Luckily they understood that longer lengths of shelves w/o face frame equals saggy shelves so they wanted shorter shelves.
After I installed them they said they’ll probably have another job for me later in the year when they have another shipment of books sent over from Romania. This is about half of the books they had in the house already!! I can’t imagine how many more they could have in storage.

-- Straight grains & sharp blades

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#4 posted 2655 days ago

With all those books, who has time to watch TV?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 2655 days ago

Good job, Matt.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#6 posted 2655 days ago

Nice job Matt. Keeping the shelves short to prevent sagging was definitely smart. But you really nailed the dimensions to create pleasing proportions on your boxes.

One of the painters I know uses enamel paint for the color, but for durability uses a clear waterbase polyurethane or floor type finish. It keeps the books from getting stuck to the paint.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 2655 days ago

Thank you everyone, it felt like this project took forever so all your kind comments made it worthwhile. Oh yeah, and the client liked it too.

-- Straight grains & sharp blades

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#8 posted 2280 days ago

I can relate to the book shelf project. Yours came out real nice, very clean design, good job Matt.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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Scott Bryan

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#9 posted 2278 days ago

Hi Matt,

I pulled this one from the archives. You did a good job with the construction and finish. You executed a nice design as well. If the client liked it then that is all that counts (especially since she happens to be your boss). :)

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#10 posted 2267 days ago

Thanks again for the nice comments on the bookshelves. I have to admit there was a great deal of sweating bullets on this project. I never attempted anything this big before, not meant in the dimensional big, but the overall big LOL!!

Still the experience was more than worth it!

-- Straight grains & sharp blades

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#11 posted 2110 days ago

Know what you mean. So clean simple looking when it’s done. A lot of work. Great , beautiful, very zen.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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