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I want to make a bookshelf with wooden letter inlays (the initials of the people I’m giving it to), and I was wondering if anyone has done it, or has any recommendations on doing it. Also, if anyone has any pics or recommendations on the style of bookshelves they’ve built, I’d like to see those for ideas. Be sure to include type of wood, fasteners used, stain color (if you remember) and any other pertenant info. Thanks!

[quote]edgecrusher wrote:
I want to make a bookshelf with wooden letter inlays (the initials of the people I’m giving it to), and I was wondering if anyone has done it, or has any recommendations on doing it. Also, if anyone has any pics or recommendations on the style of bookshelves they’ve built, I’d like to see those for ideas. Be sure to include type of wood, fasteners used, stain color (if you remember) and any other pertenant info. Thanks![/quote]

I came in here thinking it was a thread about something COMPLETEY different!

I thought this would be about lumberjackin’ :smiley:

[quote]edgecrusher wrote:
I want to make a bookshelf with wooden letter inlays (the initials of the people I’m giving it to), and I was wondering if anyone has done it, or has any recommendations on doing it. Also, if anyone has any pics or recommendations on the style of bookshelves they’ve built, I’d like to see those for ideas. Be sure to include type of wood, fasteners used, stain color (if you remember) and any other pertenant info. Thanks![/quote]

I have a few pics of some inlay on the T-Nation Artists Thread.

http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=668483&pageNo=6

rrjc5488 was interested in how I did the inlay so I wrote a little description of the processes I used. I will PM you a copy.

Cheers,
BigUrukhai

Love woodworking and made many bookshelves.

What you are asking to do is a bit tricky for a beginner so I hope you have some experience. The other poster seems to have some good tips for you.

As for bookshelves, my favourites were built with speed of building, cheap, using pine from the local hardware, but instead of a single board for the shelf, I ran a lip of say 100cm x 4cm x 2cm under the shelves, it makes it REALLY strong, I’ve made a few like this and am very pleased at how sturdy they are.

Also I made a giant one that can be knocked down easily, each shelf has two bolts at each end, each shelf is basically a box with no bottom, it makes a really rigid structure. Hard to describe in words though. But note this approach is much more time consuming since you are building a box for every shelve in the unit. But zero sag in the shelves and the entire thing can be dismantled.