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  • racook2 commented on aeray's instructable Cheap, easy, low-waste bookshelf plans3 years ago
    Cheap, easy, low-waste bookshelf plans

    I successfully built this unit as well. Thanks for the idea! I made a shelving unit 8 feet long, 6 feet high, with 1x12 pine boards as shelves (11.25" deep shelves.) I left about 13" between shelves and used 1x4 pine as uprights. I needed the deeper shelves for magazine boxes, which drove up my build cost, but I think it was worth it.I did take time to stain after the holes were drilled, sanded and cut to exact length (note that the common pine boards were not all exactly 6'/8'). Sanded everything with 150 sandpaper (with random orbital sander), then cleaned it all up, applied wood conditioner, then 2 coats of red mahogany stain (light 220 sanding by hand after each coat). Then 2 coats of satin poly (lightly sand 220 by hand after first coat.)I went with 5/16"-18 threaded...

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    I successfully built this unit as well. Thanks for the idea! I made a shelving unit 8 feet long, 6 feet high, with 1x12 pine boards as shelves (11.25" deep shelves.) I left about 13" between shelves and used 1x4 pine as uprights. I needed the deeper shelves for magazine boxes, which drove up my build cost, but I think it was worth it.I did take time to stain after the holes were drilled, sanded and cut to exact length (note that the common pine boards were not all exactly 6'/8'). Sanded everything with 150 sandpaper (with random orbital sander), then cleaned it all up, applied wood conditioner, then 2 coats of red mahogany stain (light 220 sanding by hand after each coat). Then 2 coats of satin poly (lightly sand 220 by hand after first coat.)I went with 5/16"-18 threaded rod. I got 5x of the 6' long sticks and cut them to about 13-1/2" lengths (24 of them). This can be done by hand, but I used a metal chop saw and it still took me about 6 hours with all the measuring, chasing, setup, etc.. but I'm not that experienced with metal working. If you can order or buy rods cut to your exact length, I'd highly suggest you do so, or plan your project around available rod lengths. Chasing threads was a lot more difficult than it sounds - enough said...I used stainless cap nuts, regular hex nuts, flat washers, and lock washers from McMaster Carr (product numbers 91855A370, 91845A030, 92141A030, and 92146A030, respectively for those who care to order from McMaster Carr.) I may end up going back and getting some of the black cap nuts and flat washers they offer, but it would have added about $50 if memory serves me correct, and I wasn't too sure about it when I ordered...One variation I did was adding heat shrink tubing to the middle of the threaded rods so that the bare threads of the rods wouldn't scratch up my freshly stained wood shelves as I put the unit together. I used 3 rolls of 5/16" diameter, 8' long heat shrink tubing from Harbor Freight (item 66767, $1.99/ea.). Cut to 11.25" length, then carefully measured how far back from the front of the threaded rod I should start the tubing (accounting for a fully seated cap nut, flat washer, and the thickness of the upright). the package says to use heat not exceeding about 220 degrees, but I used 400-500 on my heat gun and it went a lot faster.Finally, since this is rather large and tall, I got some furniture straps I'll be screwing into the 2nd from the top shelf to avoid tip over (idea being the top shelf could, in theory just lift right up, but the others would be held in by the 'ladder' created by the uprights and the threaded rod.)Bill of Materials:1x4 - 6 FT Common Pine Board: 8 @ $1.82/ea. = $14.561x12 - 8 FT Common Pine Board: 6 @ 8.82/ea. = $52.92Threaded Rod (5/16"-18) 6 FT Length: 5 @ $5.27/ea. = $26.35Washers and nuts (McMaster Carr): $37.34 shippedHeat Shrink: $8Wood Conditioner, stain, poly, sponge brushes, and sandpaper ~$50Total ~ $200 for the 8' long x 6' high x 12" deep stained shelf (before tax)Thanks for the instructable!! We love it! Here are some photos:Thanks!

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