have a book problem.
books stored all over the house; in drawers, boxes,
closets and other places.
The trouble comes when I need a particular book I end up
having to hunt thru my various book stashes around the house
to find the one I am looking for. My book hunting routine is
starting to get old. My lovely wife who is a very organized
person is also getting tired of my little book problem too.
I have been thinking about bookcase building for a while,
but had not decided on what to build.
A little over a year ago my dad had three large white pines
cut down that were getting too large and were way too close
to the his house. When my brother and I were little the pine
needle blanket that seemed to always be under these trees
was one of our favorite play grounds. We would pile the
needles up and make holes in the pile and call it a “bird
hotel”. We made paths in the needles for our Matchbox car
cities, rode our bicycles in the year around shade.
negative to playing under pine trees is they always are
dripping sap. If one spends enough time under them it will
eventually drip on you, more specifically in your hair.
There is no shampoo in the world that will get it out, my
mother’s solution was to comb it out. The result In my
opinion being on the receiving end of this treatment many
times was more pulling out the hair the resin was in than
removing the resin alone; Mom did not have much mercy on us
with that dang comb either.
Long story short, I kept the logs from two of the three
trees and had them milled into 5/4 boards. The two logs were
both about nine feet to the first limbs, one about 40 inches
in diameter the other 28 inches. There were several nice
boards in the bunch but also a lot that were not so great.
They were a bit knotty since they were yard trees, some had
blued in the drying process, and few resinous areas here and
there. I wanted to make use of the lesser boards if
possible, which is when this project came to mind.
I started with the two sides, both of these are 50in long by
12 1/8in wide by 7/8in thick.
I cut four 3/8in deep dados across the sides for the
shelves. I used a 7/8in dado plane to cut these, to get
started you will need a scrap of wood for a batten with one
edge planed straight. You can tack the batten to your boards
with small nails that are easily removed or clamp it on, I
clamped mine with holdfasts across both side boards and
planed across both pieces at the same time. This faster than
doing the sides separately and assures the dados on either
side are aligned with each other.