I upgraded the "Simple Bookshelf Plan" somewhat. I dadoed my shelves into the sides, built the majority of the shelf with pine faced with Red Oak, and added a laminated pine top which I routered with an ogee bit.
The back is tongue and groove pine paneling.
I finished the project with three coats of Spar Varnish. It's a good plan and produces a handsome result.
Beginner project if you use the basic plans. With dadoed shelves and a routered edge it probably bumps it up to intermediate.
Built from Plan(s)
50 - 70$ for the wood and glue. I used varnish that I had lying about.
Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Type of Wood
Pine and Red Oak
Minwax Spar Varnish
Recommended Skill Level
Wed, 04/10/2013 - 04:56