Basement bookcase (from recycled wood)
After moving we no longer had a spot for these bookcases behind the couch. We hardly ever look at the books, so I made a tall bookcase to go in the basement.
I figured I should use some of the old lumber that I stashed on this lumber rack.
But the other pieces I picked were straight enough to be of use without wasting too much material.
Though one of the 2x4s had a bow to it along the flat side, but I was able to force it straight by putting clamps across the joint as I glued it to the side of a 2x8. This piece will comprise one of the uprights for the shelf.
Fortunately, I can watch it fill up, and the buckets are easy to change. Even though this dust collector has smaller capacity than my other dust collectors, I like having the shavings in buckets, because I can dump these directly into the wood stove for burning.
I made a spacer to offset a second cut from the first cut by the right amount to make a dado that fit the shelves snugly. Actually, I had to make two spacers, because the second table top was not the same thickness and I didn't want to plane the thicker pieces down any.
After that, I put a roundover on all the edges by making passes with a small palm plane at different angles (like this).
Making a wood screw thread tap
I drilled the pilot holes in the hardwood sides a bit small to get better thread
engagement, but this makes the screws really hard to screw in and can also
split the wood. So I made a wood screw thread tap. I drilled a hole in a
block of wood, then cut away a quarter section of it.
I also ground the head down to a triangle so I could grab it with the drill chuck.
I added varnish to the uprights and the edges of the shelves, and with that, some of the dadoes became quite tight, so it was a bit of a challenge getting it together. I used a small hand plane to taper down the ends of the shelves to make them fit better.
I also added a thin board at a diagonal on the back to give the shelf some side-to-side stability. I then screwed the top of the shelf to the wall to make sure it won't tip on some potential kid (or adult) climbing up it. That actually made the diagonal brace redundant.
With the shelves made of hardwood (as opposed to particle board in store bought shelves), they can take my weight without any noticeable sag. So it should be able to hold books without sagging.
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