Small bookshelf

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I've been thinking about building small, modular shelf units for the workshop. I would hang them on the shop walls with z-clips or french cleats. This project was an experiment or attempt at the first unit. My choice of wood for this would be maple frames for the ends with a curly maple raised panel. I cut the angled portion of the frame long so I could cut the whole panel assembly once it was all glued together.


I obstacle that had me stumped was cutting the short, top rail on the router table. Thanks to others advice I basically sandwiched in between surrounding pieces and used double sided tape as an extra safety measure.


I assembled the end panel assemblies using a wedge to keep it together while the glue dried.


I then started on the back by using some poplar I had on hand and creating shiplap.


I used select pine (again, had on hand already) and painted the shelf, shiplap and top rail.



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Looks like you got pretty decent results from an odd mixture of materials & techniques. I know how test runs go off the rails towards the end. I remember installing the french cleat backwards once.

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Turned out pretty cool..  Perhaps a French cleat set up to move them around the shop as you'd like.

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Looks good. I'd be worried about running into those sharp corners with my head, shoulder, arm, face, groin,  etc. Probably all of them on the first day in my shop. :P 

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