I am a newbie. I have a question. My first project is going to be a
basic bookshelf for my wife's classroom. It does not have to be perfect
she says but I want to do it right.
I was thinking of basically a box with rabited ends and dados for the
shelves. Thought about routing a roman ogee on the edge of the boards
before asembly. But that wont look right where the sides and top or
bottom meet will they? (Horizontal pieces meet verticle pieces)
Am I understanding right? WHat do I need to do?
If you mean the shelves, use a stopped dado. After test fitting the
shelves, rout the edge. The shaped edge will run right up to solid wood.
If you mean the inside of the face frame, assemble the case first, rout
the edge, and finish the corners with hand tools.
FWIW, when you ask a question, you get archived, because most of us will
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| I am a newbie. I have a question. My first project is going to be a
| basic bookshelf for my wife's classroom. It does not have to be
| perfect she says but I want to do it right.
Good on you. I'd expect that at some point someone will take a look
around and general classroom appearance will affect her evaluation.
You might as well help her look good...
| I was thinking of basically a box with rabited ends and dados for
| the shelves. Thought about routing a roman ogee on the edge of the
| boards before asembly. But that wont look right where the sides and
| top or bottom meet will they? (Horizontal pieces meet verticle
You're on the right track with the basic box approach. I think I'd be
inclined to drill for shelf pins (allow for changing needs) and drop
the ogee (thins the edge and increases likelyhood of damage to both
bookcase and student if someone trips) in favor or square (eased)
edges. My first choice of materials for a classroom would be hard
maple. You'll want a design that can't tip and won't rack.
| Am I understanding right? WHat do I need to do?
I'd guess that you probably are. Work carefully and build in lots of
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I assume you are talking/writing/whatever to me. Nobody knows.
So you think that usenet is a private conversation/communication??
No wonder you have such problems with netiquette.
Do really not understand the concept of conversations in a newsgroup??
Maybe some remedial english classes could help. Or an introduction to
usenet/cyber communications could help as well.
And by the way dickwad. I post through google groups. It must have been
google group that left out the post I was responding to. So before YOU
"blurt" out out something, realize that the posting tree indicates who
I am speaking to and that certainly wasn't you. Have a nice day.:-)
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Maybe a rabbet on the back edge of all the box sides to accept a panel
of some sort. Great to eliminate books from dropping out of the back.
But more importantly it adds a tremendous amount of strength. I could
be way off base with this comment, but I could never trust a rabbet
alone, I always reinforce my work with a back panel. Make a rabbet for
your back panel or just nail it to the back of your bookshelf Also
maybe you can make the shelves deep enough to show off the ogee. In
other word... make the box lets say 20 inches and the shelves 20 1/8 to
show off the ogee. You can also hide your dados/rabbet with a face
frame of some sort. It can just be an end cap of the same width as your
box sides (~3/4" or so). Just cut notches in your shelves to go around
the end cap.
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