Bookshelves Progress Report.

Posted by DmentD | Domestica,House,Pictures | Friday 9 September 2011 1:24 pm

As previously mentioned, we’ve been working on bookshelves for our living room lately.  We’re building six 8′ tall, 9″ deep shelves that will take up about three quarters of one wall in that room.

The shelves are made from birch veneered ¾” plywood for strength and affordability, and the facing edges are being trimmed with ¼” clear maple.  I started with five sheets of 4′ x 8′ plywood and ripped it down to 9″ x 8′ strips, then cut those into the respective shelves and sides.  The trim started as 19 pieces of ¼” x ¾” x 10′ maple which was cut into appropriate lengths for the shelves and sides.

We’ve been assembling them one at a time in the evenings during the week, and stacking them in the dining room until we move onto the next phase: trimming/staining/sealing.  Basically, the trim needs to be routed flush with the sides and shelves as it’s a fraction of an inch wider than the plywood (useful for making aesthetic adjustments as you install it), and the nail holes need to be filled with wood putty and sanded.  The screw holes in the side have had birch plugs glued in to hide the screws, and those plugs need to be cut flush and sanded as well.

So basically, we’ve been slowly turning this…

… into this:



  1. Shelf envy. I haz it.

    September 11, 2011 @ 12:04 am
  2. So… build some! *grins*

    September 12, 2011 @ 3:45 pm
  3. That is groovy! I want a study when I grow up. The kind they have in old English Manor houses with a ladder on wheels… sigh…

    September 18, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

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