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When you graduate from milkcrates, but cannot bring yourself to buy disposable Ikea furniture for ethical, environmental, or repressed-childhood-memor...
Go to a nice lumber store and get some hardwood. In the Bay Area I go to PALS and buy certified hardwood. Certified means that the wood was grown and ...
The wood will be bowed and crowned. You can fix this with a jointer. Next use a thickness planer to make all the pieces the same thickness. I skipp...
Rip the wood to the same width using a table saw. Make a smooth flat cut on one side of all the pieces. Set a stop just thinner than the thinnest pi...
I like lots of low, narrow bookshelves. I usually aim for two shelves 23 inches wide, 12.5 inches tall, and around 8 inches deep. This yields an ove...
Layout the shelves to check all the dimensions and mark attachment points. You can connect the piece with wood screws, but I prefer using a biscuit (...
Cut the slots for the biscuits.
Put in the biscuits and pre-assemble to check all the joints. I use a set of tie-down clamps to avoid damaging the corners of the wood.
I like to be able to see the color of the wall behind a bookshelf, so instead of a solid back, I put a 2 inch high back-stop, which is also attached b...
Sand all the faces of the pieces, but not the edges. Save the edges until after it is assembled, so you can smooth corners that are not quite a perfe...
Glue and clamp the back-stop first.Use a piece of scrap wood to prevent the clamps from damaging the wood surface. When these are dry, glue and assem...
Sand the edges smooth with 100 grit paper paying special attention to the interfaces.
Hand sand the entire project using 220 grit.
Test your choice of stain on a scrap piece of sanded hardwood.
Remove all dust from the shelves.
Stain the wood according to the stain's directions. Typically you brush the stain on and let it sit for a period of time before wiping it off with a ...
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