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Old Aug 24 2009, 01:20 PM   #1
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Those of you who remember me posting last year, ought to remember the mini-diary I did regarding the monumental task I underwent, cleaning my grandad's bookcases for him. Well, this year the 'Bookcase Project' was my turn, so enlisting my grandad's help, I got rid of the old bookcase I had, and built myself a new one in the attic of the bungalow where I live. I even remembered to take pictures!

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So this was one of the corners before the new bookcase was put in. That beareau has in it a number of Anne McCaffrey stuffs (Such as the games, collectors guide, a few magazines, etc), so I wanted to keep it.



And this was my bookshelf before the new one. As you can see, the shelves are too 'high' for the books, and the don't have any decent partitions. They are also far too wide. Yes, it's a rather big mess.



This was my 'to be read' shelf. I have quite a lot of backlog to get through as you can see. That's three rows of books, plus two rows stacked on top.



This was me moving the books from the black shelving and bringing it forwards so that I could dismantle one of them...



The other one I put next to the beureau, which I pushed up against the right hand wall. Here, I'm putting in pieces of hardwood on the sides to stop the books falling out. They ended up looking quite neat.



And here's the finished product, along with big cuddly tiger, and all of my encyclopedias and 'fact' books.



Getting the wood out of the van my grandad managed to pinch for a couple of hours. Those things were heavy!



Oh the joys of having a bandsaw at home so that we didn't have to cut the lengths by hand...and yes, even though I got to play with the sharp toy, I do still have all of my fingers.



Moving all the pieces up to the attic, we had to measure out where all of the shelves were going to come to, before then using a drill to put some screws into it to hold it.



...although a little glue never hurt anyone, just to be on the safe side.



After making the main frame, all we had left to do was to hammer tacks through some hardboard and into the frame, giving it a backing.



Voila, after spending ten minutes trying to push and pull and lift the bookcase into place against the wall and securing it, it was time for me to start putting the books onto it. (Recognise the first book to go on my new bookcase, Lady Maelin? )



And here we are! The finished bookcase! I must admit that it turned out a lot smarter than I originally thought I could get it. All the hard work certainy paid off.
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Old Aug 24 2009, 02:39 PM   #2
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Wow! What an improvement. Congratulations. It must be great to design something to fit the available space rather than put up with something ready made but the wrong shape.

Congratulations on keeping your fingers. I must admit I have a hand held rotary saw I was given as a wedding present that I have never used. . I remember the pack of sticking plasters that came with it as a joke and then reach for a hand saw. The band saw looks a lot easier to control, though.
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Very nice bookcase, unique and fitting the space exactly. Congrats on job done well (and that includes gramps!).

Drawback: I don't see that much space in it left...
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That has to be one amazing bookcase. Just curious, would you be willing to make another one? At least you know you can do it and do it well. Well done to both of you for making the most of a small space. Congratulations.
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That has to be one amazing bookcase. Just curious, would you be willing to make another one?
I was thinking the same thing !!!

It looks fantastic!!! And to have the satisfaction of having done it yourselves even better!
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Edith - Thanks! It was a lot of hard work, but I think it was worth it.

Steven - Yeah, I was toying with the idea of getting some more cheap-ish shelving from Ikea again, but as you can see, the shelving we managed to make fits the slope of the roof and the height of the door. It also has bigger spaces for the top two shelves. (I think the final measurements were 10 inches for the smaller spaces, and 12.5 for the larger ones).

Hans - There is actually quite a bit of space left in it, thankfully. (Especially since I've been told today that I get to go to Hay on Wye again next month!

AnnMarie - There are one or two things we would have done differently. For example, we would have put the spacers back from the edge slightly, etc...but they're only minor things I guess. ^_^

Jube - -Chuckles- I enjoy all forms of this kind of stuff. I love the whole process, from concept to completion. If it was viable, I'd consider doing stuff like this as a gap-filler job. But alas, I have no actual qualifications. ^^

Cheryl - Thank you muchly ^^

Kat - Absolutely. the difference upstairs still startles me now when I go up for something. -Chuckles- Thank you ^^
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Ever though of doing a short course? At least showing some of these type of certificates helps people decide whether to use you as a "carpenter" and if it's specialty designs with a portfolio, even better. It's worth considering. I've known people who've done short courses, simply to better their skills at a particular thing that they're interested in.

Still I like what you've done with it all. Well done!
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I'd love to take a few different courses for different types of woodworking, but I just don't have the time (or the funds!) to do so currently. Maybe when I finish Uni.
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What a beautiful bookcase! Well done! I wish my attic had space for books!
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Excellent work, Sara (as usual)! You remind me of the Wizard of Oz. You know you're smart and extremely talented, you just need a piece of paper that says so!
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Well you did choose the best book to go on to your fabulous new book case first...wink...what a job and so incredibly well done. Knowing that your Grandfather is such a Master wood worker...it is no wonder your shelves came out so beautifuly...you clearly learned how to work the wood from him. I'm happy to see you still have all your *Treasures*!!! Now that you have all this new room for books, are you getting to go shopping again...wink!?! Lovely job...WELL DONE
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Great job, looks just right for the space.
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Looks great! I like the idea to leave the upper edges "open" to the side.
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That is very nice. I love built-in and made-to-fit-the-space bookshelves. They're so efficient!
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Great job. I chickened out and got a tradesman to build mine.
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Lovely been wanting to read this one, too tired to read it.

We've got bult-in shelving, which need to redo, cleaning and redoing of the books. done and this give me a idea or two on how to do it,

Only problem is the age of the bulding and we are renting it. Reminds me of a friend booksheveling at a house I visited a few times before they moved, they even had a open well staircase, never try one or two of the steps at the time, right next to a large fireplace, stone mantel reminds me of a cross between a lighthouse and a Pern's cot hold, with lofts for bedrooms.

Say I've got a question for you, perhaps you can help with. The bookcase has sliding doors lovely framed in wood glass onces, and the track is sticking any idea on what would help to them to slide?
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With something like that, depending on how far the track is away from the books, you could try a bit of olive/cooking oil. Failing that, a stick of beeswax ought to work.
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Can you lift the doors out?

If you can, you can check there isn't a build up of dirt/polish that's causing the doors to stick. Also, if the doors were professionally made, they may have little rollers set in their bottom rails which need cleaning and oiling.
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Lakeland Ltd in the UK sell a product called "Free N Easy", which can free up stuck drawers and similar things. Try http://www.lakeland.co.uk/free-'n'-easy/F/keyword/Free+N+Easy/product/8998. I don't know if you can get something similar in the USA.

The product isn't perfect though. It's great for drawers but when we tried to free up some sliding aluminium loft ladders it reacted with the plastic runners and turned them into a sticky goo. So it's best to use it on wood.
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Sometimes, when it's wood-on-wood like drawers, a light rub with a bar of soap can help.
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They came with the place, you recall the Where in the World, well we in the same segment of the place, just facing the courtyard, and our old place.

Sorry to take so long to answer this, been kinda buzy and on top of I somehow bend my new reading glasses.

I well take a look I know they are metal rail, with a wooden frame, glas type fronts. When I can see or have a friend take a glance I well let you folks know.
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