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Project by Brett posted 02-16-2014 09:57 PM 855 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch


Hey there folks!

I am sooooo proud of myself! I actually started and completed a project that didn’t run into months. Even the smallest project seems to get put off until some substantial amount of time passes before I can call it done.

This was a fun and needed project. As you can see, it is a bookshelf.

I used 3/4” poplar plywood, 2×4’s and pocket holes for the construction. Nothing fancy here! The case was made with the plywood and the top, face frame and trim was made by re-sawing the 2×4s. I left a back off of it to save material and cost. It is secured to the wall with screws into the studs.

I used plain ol’ latex paint wiped on and back off to give the wood it’s color but allowing the grain to show through. Just like stain but with paint. After the paint dried (2-4 hrs) I came back and very lightly sanded the surfaces to “wear out” the paint. I wanted a washed out look to it.

After sanding, I wiped the surfaces vigorously with a clean rag to buff up the surfaces. They looked pretty good at this point but I definitely wanted a top coat for protection. I used 2, Deft Clear Wood Finish in satin, for the top coat. Using these spray cans have given me great results every time and it makes finishing so much less stressful and time consuming for me. If you haven’t tried any of the spray can finishes yet, you may want to.

Another tip IF you like color in your projects… Paint samples. They are small amounts, custom colors, and inexpensive. If you have a Miller Paint around, they are the best deal I think. You get a quart of custom color for $5.

Thanks for checking this out!

More details of the build found at my personal blog.
Pt 1

Pt 2

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#1 posted 02-16-2014 11:00 PM

Brett, I can certainly relate to your 1st paragraph. Time goes so quickly, especially when all the unexpected things start getting in the way. This is a really nice bookshelf. I think it’s a gr8 idea to introduce reading and books to kids at a young age. Gr8 build.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#2 posted 02-16-2014 11:32 PM

Very nice mate. I like the “No” legs at the back. Blue is cool too.

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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#3 posted 02-16-2014 11:55 PM

Great looking bookcase! Is it attached to the wall or am I missing some hidden supports?

Thanks for the tip on buying paint also.

-- Leafherder

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#4 posted 02-17-2014 12:00 AM

Thanks guys!

@ Leafherder- It is screwed to the wall through a plywood strip on the top in the back. It is not a free standing shelf. I figured it would get used as a ladder at some point so I purposefully made it this way.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#5 posted 02-17-2014 05:53 AM

Very nice. I love the style and the colors.

-- - Martin

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#6 posted 02-21-2014 04:49 PM

It looks great and study. Like the design, color and the washed out look. The kids will enjoy it for a long time. Great job!

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