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Bookcase and Wall entertainment unit #3: lower cabinet assembly

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Blog entry by rando1 posted 08-22-2010 06:55 PM 2423 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Along the with the project we have discovered some design tweaking to make the project fit together better.
Things on paper always look good, but it always seems to have tweaking points during the process.

We spent some time cutting out the boxes for the lower bookcases. Taking the time now to think through the fitting together process will help save steps further steps and extra joints in the latter assembly.
Spent the time now to drill in the shelf holes in and we ended up assembling all the units together now with daddos and pocket screwing.

We also got started on the two end cap boxes and have glued and screwed them up and will be ready for face framing next.
We are now working on the face framing and cutting the back for the bookcase units.
This coming week we hope to get the unit put together, put white wash stain on everything, make our decroative trim for the top of the unit and cut and prepare all the shelf units, which will have support cleats on the the fronts for extra support.

We got all the pieces toghther and drilled our shelf holes and began assembly

shelf

Units began going together one by one

step 1

Next, we glued and screw individual units togther and let the glue set

strp 2

Finally, we added the top, which is to be stained and finished, glued, clamed and is now ready for face frame

all glue

-- Randon Riegsecker, crosscutservices.com



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#1 posted 08-24-2010 07:01 PM

looking good. is that birch you are using?

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#2 posted 08-25-2010 02:16 AM

Yes it is birch. I hate to paint it, but owner is looking to have a painted color.
The tops will be stained to match their other cabinets.

-- Randon Riegsecker, crosscutservices.com

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#3 posted 08-25-2010 03:14 PM

hmm, I’m thinking of doing some built in bookcases soon and plan to do birch as well, but finishing it scares me a bit because I’ve hear it is really bad about blotching.

Sorry to hear it will be painted, but to each his own. I’m enjoying this blog!

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#4 posted 08-29-2010 05:41 PM

Thanks much for checking in. Really appreciate it.
Yeah, I am kinda bummed out for painting, but we are going to gaze the edges and details and should add some character to it.

Yes, we have done some other built in units that have been stained, and birch will blotch, so you have to keep the stained wiped down quickly. we had three of us staining and wiping and it was hard to keep up with it, probably should have sprayed it but didn’t on that one.

We will be staining the top “counter” ledges on this one and it is lighter color so any darker areas will add some character to the piece.

-- Randon Riegsecker, crosscutservices.com

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