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Reader Engmike8 put together this sweet and rather familiar-looking bookcase.  It looks like Mike opted for pine, which on the whole is much cheaper than hardwood — and as we all know, there are more than a few times when cheap = good.  Regardless of the material, we always dig folks getting out in the shop and making some dust, especially when they have something to show for it afterward.

Mike also went with the adjustable-rails method of shelf control, which is both handy and largely a pain-in-the-ass when compared to other methods.  At least it always is for us — with our small trim router we have to make two passes for each slot cut on the inside.

Like a true pro Mike didn’t stop after the carpentry was done;  we noticed the entire unit is stained. Well done.  We can’t count how many times we’ve seen projects linger in the “waiting for finish” stage — including our own.

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4 Responses to Flickr Pool: Engmike8’s New Bookcase

  1. BC says:

    Looks like a great job on the finish, especially for pine. *raises beer*

  2. kif says:

    Very nice. It makes me think of that Kodachrome song by Paul Simon, and the line to “When I look back on all the crap I learned in high school….” And the fact that I definitely did not learn “crap” in wood shop. I would like to do one of these book cases myself, as a tribute to my shop teacher. I don’t think I will use the “transitive theorem” ever again, but I certainly can use a saw…

    I second the beer raising.

  3. _Jon says:

    Yeah, good job!

  4. That book case certainly beats the heck out of the crap I see at furniture stores, good job Engmike8.


    I know not of this transitive theorem you mention, but if you mean transitive relation or property — if A=B and B=C, then also A=C — you use it all the time in woodworking if you use a story stick, use a template, use a stop, or cut one piece and use it as a guide to cut the rest.

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