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After many months of waiting and watching them work, the other editors finally turned me loose in the shop last week to tackle my first-ever woodworking project: a simple bookshelf. Well, “turned me loose” is a strong phrase – I had quite a bit of coaching using the router to cut rabbets, and wielding my new block plane (a gift from Popular Woodworking contributor Carl Bilderback) to flush the edges.

Somehow I managed to avoid nailing my hand to a board, and sans a few a kinks in the building process, I’m pretty darn proud of how it turned out. In fact, maybe I’ll celebrate by calling it an on-the-ground wine rack instead – reds on the left side, whites on the right and glasses on the shelf in the middle.

The piece will be featured in the December issue’s I Can Do That column, so keep an eye out. And while you’re at it, let me know what you think of my design in the comments.

– Tom Nunlist

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  • Sawdust

    Nice Job! Good sense of design for a Wine Storage piece. I’ll be looking forward to more of your work in the future.

  • njwoodworker

    Tom, I like the design.
    I would love to build a large bookcase like that.
    However, in my opinion, the horizontal piece in the top square is not needed. Books can be stacked at a 45 degree angle and I like the look.
    Good luck on future projects!

  • Lars

    Nicely done. I too initially thought it was a wine rack and believe it would make an excellent one. Stack another on top and you’ll have the best of both worlds.

  • Moontoad

    Very nice, Tom. You’re on your way, though you can’t call yourself a woodworker until you’ve bought your first (too expensive) hand tool. We all drink the koolaid eventually.
    Keep us posted on your journey!

  • woodmagnet

    Well done Tom, I think your design is great.
    I actually thought you had made a wine rack
    not a bookshelf. ;0)

  • bstjohn

    Nice, Tom! Congratulations! Fun, wasn’t it?
    You’ve got some of the best people around to learn from, you lucky SOB.


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