Final Fabrication: ITP Print Lab Bookshelf
This project got started because a group of us decided to stock some books on the some how book-less ITP floor. We formed a club and created what will eventually be the “ITP Print Lab”.
So I approach Rob Ryan to see about getting a shelf and was told I can be provided with material to build my own bookshelf. Ok. I guess I can do this.
I was very nervous to start this project and it took me over a month to complete because I kept waiting for help. Eventually I just decided to dive in.
I measured the space which had been designated as the future location of the print lab and got started with some 3/4 inch plywood – which I cut into planks using the standing saw.
I realized in hindsight that if I had used a jig during this process I would have had a much easier time compensating for the width of the blade. Lesson learned for next time.
I also used the metal cutting saw to cut 4 lengths of speed rail which would be used as the support for my shelving. (not shown)
I then measured and marked each board and cut holes for the speed rail to pass through, using the drill press.
This was a bit tedious but I eventually got the job done and was relieved to find that my holes lined up.
Here are all my prepped parts and pieces (including the flanges I intend to use to hold and position the shelves on the speed rail):
Before fastening everything together I took minute to assemble the piece and make sure all the parts fit. I was relieved to find that they did.
I had two types of screws and a variety of nuts and bolts. So I decided to adhere my flanges using screws for two of the boards and use the nuts, bolts, and washers for the baseboard.
I got started with the screws and washers.
I marked the bottom of the top shelf using another board as a stencil and positioned my flanges. I then went ahead and drove in my screws using a long drill bit; trying the come down from as straight above as possible.
I got started on the baseboard.
I needed to drill holes through the boards, aligned with the holes in the flanges, so that I could eventually pass the bolt through them. I decided to use the flanges as stencils and marked the spots where the holes should be.
Because of the size and shape of the drill press I couldn’t use it to drill these holes so I had to use the electric hand drill. I stacked scrap wood both under neither the spot where I intended to drill and under the other side of the board (to keep it level). I used tape (not shown) to mark the drill bit so I knew the appropriate depth and didn’t accidentally ruin the floor. I tried to drill as straight down as I could.
I then got to work attaching the flanges with nuts and bolts.
The best way I could find to tighten the nuts was using a regular wrench and socket wrench in tandem with each other.
I used an allen wrench to tighten the flanges onto the speed rail that I ran through each board/shelf.
I was pleased to find that things came together quickly and all of my parts still lined up.
Aaron helped me wedge(hammer) in the final board.
She looks pretty good! But still a bit rough around the edges.
Renata helped me navigate the power sander which we used to clean up the edges of the shelving and free it of any splinters.
I also passed over the edges by hand to grab the smaller bits we missed with the power sander.
I tried to clean up the inside of the wood too. I regretted not having done this before putting everything together. Another lesson learned.
Just for fun I found a piece of scrap wood and decided to make a label for the finished bookshelf.
Which I adhered using wood glue.
I have to be honest, I am pretty proud of this work. The feeling of accomplishment that I felt upon completing it gave me a new found confidence as a fabricator.
Look what time, patience and craft can produce: