Hungarian Bookshelves

So after reading this post http://toolmonger.com/2012/03/28/hungarian-shelves-ftw-or-why-tm-readers-rock/ about bookshelves, I was naive enough to give it a try.  This is my brief overview of how in went for me, in pictures.  I’ll be happy if it saves a few people a few hours or headache or two.  I am not apologizing for the phone pictures.

Notes of value follow each picture.

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Here’s finished shelf.  The stain has almost dried, can still smell it.  I blink, its half way full already!

Here is the walkthru in approximate order

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First, we approximately mark the notches both on the 2x4s and on the horizontal pieces of wood.

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To get here, I used a circular saw, two cuts, and a flat-head screwdriver as my chisel.

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Before long, I ended up with notches, a lot of them.

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My wife suggested I take a few dangerous corners out to save a few scrapes and bruises.  Good idea!

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Pre-drilling the verticals in preparation of the wall studs.

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And filling them notches hoping angles are good enough.  Better tools would ensure better precision!  No t as much fun thou.

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This is the last time this wall looked so neat. So sad.

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And this is point of no return.  We are doing this.  Worth sharing that neither the verticals nor the wall studs are straight!

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Here, you can see me test fitting the horizontal pieces for measuring the notches to cut.

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This is proof there is not a straight line in the whole project.

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Seven years old is FUN.  I wish I was seven.

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One coat of stain did this.  Pretty.

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But then I had to do the rest.  Wife helped lots. Goodness this smells strong.  Had to leave in garage overnight waiting for the fumes to evaporate a bit.

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And this is the finished shelf, shim and all.  I had to use shims in about half of the connections to ensure 90 degree angles for all shelves.

That’s it’ enjoy.

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