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  • #60114
    Marilyn Moreno
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    I just finished a bookcase. This has been a long time in the works and I finally just dug in and finished it. It’s 87″ high, 35″ wide and 12″ deep.
    Sides are Oak Ply that I had leftover from a window seat build: shelves are 3/4″ oak. The backing is from big box store, already finished.
    I started this bookcase some years ago. I had cut the sides down and routed the dadoes and rabbets. And then it sat in my basement until recently.
    The last part of the build, making the shelves, squaring them up, planing them was done with hand tools.
    I know all the mistakes I made and learned quite a lot from this project.

    I’ve cleared enough space in my basement to try and start my workbench… Hopefully it won’t take me as long as the bookcase. 🙂

    Marilyn - Lehigh Valley, Eastern Pennsylvania - USA

    #60141
    David Payton
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    It certainly looks good from here! Making mistakes and learning from them is a bonus, though it may not seem that way at the time.

    If you don’t point out mistakes, it’s likely that no one else will notice them.

    Great job!!

    #60144
    cpetersen1970
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    Very nice!

    #60146
    Salko Safic
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    Looks good from here, I like the timber selection and it’s semi gloss appearance you should be proud of yourself you completed a book case entirely by hand which isn’t an easy task by any means. Just to plane this length is a work out which I would dredge. Good work and see if you can clear all that stuff out and turn it into a dedicated work shop. It took me two months to take posession of my garage from wife and I haven’t looked back since.

    https://journeymansjournel.wordpress.com
    The Lost Scrolls of HANDWORK
    (Hand tool only woodworking magazine)

    #60147
    Steve Follis
    Participant

    Very Nice! Congratulations!!

    Memphis, Tennessee

    #60149
    Marilyn Moreno
    Participant

    Thank you all for the encouragement. As David points out, only I know where the mistakes are. Nothing is truly noticeable.



    @salko
    : Unfortunately, the sides are Oak Plywood, so I didn’t plane that straight. I too like the semi gloss look. Basement area is about 16’X 28′ and I can use about half the basement for woodworking. I infringe unto other areas sometimes. Got rid of 10 boxes of books from the basement by finishing this project. I’ll continue to “reorganize” as I claim my workspace.
    Marilyn

    Marilyn - Lehigh Valley, Eastern Pennsylvania - USA

    #60162
    Salko Safic
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    It doesn’t matter what materials you used as long as you worked wood and had fun. Space is always an issue even with two car garage I am squeezing between the tables and machinery. I honestly don’t know why I’m keeping that darn table saw I could reclaim all that space if it was gone..

    https://journeymansjournel.wordpress.com
    The Lost Scrolls of HANDWORK
    (Hand tool only woodworking magazine)

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