|Forum topic by RobH||posted 2567 days ago||1535 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
2567 days ago
These blasted bookshelves have been giving me problems from day one. I now have all of the carcases together (minus the backs) and I am trying to get the face frame constructed. I have run into another problem. Of course, in the garage the bookcases are not attached to the wall so things are a little flimsy. This is further complicated by the fact that the backs aren’t on yet. Since nothing is attached, the sides are slightly out of plumb over the eight foot height. By slight I mean the top and bottom are AT MOST 3/8” out over the eight feet. Of course this means I need to move the top of the unit 1/8” or less to get things to line up.
I have yet to get the face frame rails to work out right. I really do not want to have to wait till installation to get the face frame built, but right now I am running out of options. Because of the out of plumb issues, when I mock up the face frame, nothing is laying out right. Right now with the backs off I think I can pull everything into good alignment. However, once the backs and the back frames are attached I am afraid that things will be too stiff to move it any at all thus causing problems at the time of install.
I am considering making the back frames tomorrow, making the face frame fit correctly and then screwing the back frame to the shelf unit. This should hold things together and should get the screw in the right place for the back frame.
Is this the best approach or should I go about this in another way? I cannot install thes shelves until the hardwood floors have been finished, and it will be way too late then to make the face frame and get it finished before the move-in date for the house.
Please help me. I need some options here. This is driving me crazy.
Thanks in advance,
-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA