A miter table project for my bookshelf project

Submitted by icecool2 on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 07:14

I started building built-in bookshelves based loosely on the LACK copy-cat plans Ana posted.  I started getting to work on them and realized I needed a way to handle the 8' and 12' boards I have to cut down to make the parts.  Back to the home store I went!  This was an extremely easy project to put together.  I used one sheet of cabinet grade plywood ($30) and had it cut down at the store on their giant saw and three furring strips (as described in the plans, about $1.50 each).

My cuts were: 

  1. In half lengthwise (now you have two 24"x96")
  2. 24"x36" (on both halves from 1)
  3. 24"x30" (on the long part remaining from both parts from 2)
  4. You are left with two sections of 24"x29.75" (depending on the blade)

Assembly at home was really fast.  It took me 90 minutes, it would have been probably under an hour if I had the table already!  I didn't like the folding brackets at the store, so I went with fixed cheap ones for now.  I'll swap them later. You'll notice the saw sits a little lower than the side tables.  I'm going to mount the saw to the table and I'll fine tune with that.

Back to the bookshelves!

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
$80 (including casters and shelf supports)
Estimated Time Investment
An Hour or Two (0-2 Hours)
Type of Wood
Furring strips for the small boards, cabinet grade 3/4" plywood for the flats
Finish Used
None.
Recommended Skill Level
Starter Project