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  1. Francisco Corona
    May 10, 2013 @ 8:06 pm

    Hi Steve:
    Very nice proyect, thanks for sharing

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  2. Anonymous
    May 10, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

    A terrific project. Very nice-looking result. I think that I’m going to build one. Thanks so much Steve for all of your fine work (nearly died of laughter when Dave who moved in next door beat on the drum and theWoodWhisperer chimed in to protest your slight).

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  3. Leonel Ibarra
    May 10, 2013 @ 9:19 pm

    Me gusta mucho la creatividad que tiene Steve pero lo que más me agrada es la forma rápida y simple en que presenta sus vídeos son muy fáciles de seguir y muy ágiles, thankyou Steve, regards.

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  4. Anonymous
    May 11, 2013 @ 3:39 am

    Very stylish with that asymmetric twist. Do the shelves hold (up) when one was to fill everything with books? No sagging?

    See ya’

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  5. JT
    May 11, 2013 @ 4:51 am

    Steve,

    I love the bookcase. I also got the same results from that particular product. I thought I was screwing up…. One question about the plywood you use. Where did you get if from? I have went to big-box stores in the area, as well as my local lumber yard and I can never find plywood of that quality (no edge voids, more than 3 plys, etc.). Maybe I’m not asking for the right stuff. Thanks and keep up the awesome videos.

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  6. Jeremy Cote
    May 11, 2013 @ 6:53 am

    Steve

    I must say I look forward to your Friday publications. I am a complete amateur and I am just beginning in the woodworking. Watching your videos and watching you learn from trial and error gives me allot of comfort in trying new things myself and seeing what works better instead of always doing what people tell you. I use allot of your tips and tricks and do my best to discover my own unique style or woodworking and incorporating allot of your ideas and knowledge. I love the fact the your also an amateur woodworker but you’re a good one lol.. I believe you are my most go to woodworking video for any tips and tricks. You are my woodworking model haha. Thank you for posting videos and not being afraid to show your mistakes so that some of us who are on a real tight budget may learn some things before we make big mistakes that end up scrapping to much wood. Again, thanks Steve

    Loyal follower
    Jeremy

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  7. bryan
    May 11, 2013 @ 6:58 am

    Hey Steve! Been following your YT channel for a while. Ended up building a simple farm style dining room table as my first big project. I have to concur on the all in one stain / finish. My wife and I used it on a bookcase we had and I had the same results. I did however do 4 coats and it turned out “ok.” Still blotchy in some areas though.

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  8. Anonymous
    May 11, 2013 @ 11:42 am

    I know many people call Polyshades, “The worst thing to happen to a can.” Your experience is not unique.

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  9. Art Mulder
    May 11, 2013 @ 4:24 pm

    Hey Steve,
    Re: the Finish,

    Thanks for “taking one for the team”… I’ve also looked at that stain+poly and never dared touch it. My fear was always that the colour would not be controllable. After all, I usually put 3 coats of poly on a project — 4 or 5 coats on the topside of a table. I just never saw how the colour would be consistent.

    neat design.
    …art

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  10. Anonymous
    May 11, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

    Hi Steve;

    Nice design. I may have to give it a shot. I agree, all their other products are pretty good; but that one is just a waste of a good tin can. I was glad to see from your video and all the other comments that it wasn’t just me screwing up. Keep them coming.

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  11. Anonymous
    May 11, 2013 @ 8:01 pm

    I think your paint job turn out great, and is a better choice than stain for this project. The clock goes perfect with the bookcase.

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  12. acto
    May 11, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

    Fantastic!

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  13. Anonymous
    May 12, 2013 @ 5:47 am

    The shelves simply do not look complete.

    There needs to be framed photos of Judy and Elroy on those shelves to complete the look.

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  14. Ed Guinn
    May 12, 2013 @ 5:55 am

    Hi Steve!
    Another great project. I’ve followed your videos for a while now and really appreciate your plans. I also like the music you choose for your videos. Could you identify the music you used for the bookshelf please? I had a lot of fun chasing down the “Sweetest Sin” track you used previously, and I intend to build the bookshelf soon. Thanks.

    Ed

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  15. Paul C. Frederick
    May 12, 2013 @ 7:03 am

    I’ve made plywood bookshelves. There is no getting around the time it takes to achieve a good finish I guess. My shelves are not as fancy as yours are, but they’re bigger!

    http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/508/shelves.jpg

    My goal was just to make as big of shelves as I could out of a sheet of plywood. I had the wooden shelves I used hanging around. When I made these shelves I didn’t think about moving them to where I wanted them. Turned out I got them there, but if they were an inch taller I don’t know if I’d have made it. The carcasses of my shelves are all glued, and screwed together.

    http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/2033/shelfy.jpg

    Now that I know how hard it is to move them I’ve decided that when I sell this place they’re staying. I mean I like them and all but I think it’ll just be easier for me to make another set when I get to wherever I’m going then. The next set I make won’t be quite as tall either, or they’ll come apart, or something.

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  16. laurex
    May 12, 2013 @ 2:55 pm

    Stain+Compressed air sprayer = love? Maybe?

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  17. Mikey V.
    May 13, 2013 @ 7:08 am

    awesome plans… i just showed my wife and I have been instructed to build 3 of them! one for each kid’s room. I might try that phenolic coated plywood that those fancy woodworkers make jigs out of, it will save the finishing step (but of course add cost) but i hate finishing. I might adjust the plans to make 3 slightly taller sections instead of 4…. it needs to fit hard bound Dr Suess books and my wife’s east asian superstition prevents us from doing anything in fours (she tells me it is unlucky).

    If and when I get it done will send some pictures. Your blog and videos are the best. I really apprecaite that you can communicate the important aspects of the project in 10 minutes or less.

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  18. Anonymous
    May 13, 2013 @ 8:04 pm

    love the bookcase looks great under the jetsons clock I too used that two in one product and had the same results I sanded and added a darker stain not too bad I plan to make the wheel barel out of redwood I i have made several planter boxes out redwood and they have turned out very nice

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  19. ConoelSander
    May 14, 2013 @ 4:03 am

    Really creative design! I bow to your superior woodworking skills 😉

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  20. Dogwood Tales Woodworking
    May 18, 2013 @ 6:09 am

    Great design. I like the theme you’re running with here.
    I thought that an alternative to putting the edge banding on the shelf ends first would be to put a piece on the fence of the doweling jig to keep the spacing correct. Of course it would be best to tape it on and not ironed so it could be removed – otherwise it wouldn’t be the right spacing for some of the other doweling operations.
    Glad you caught it before you did all of the pieces – as I probably would have done all of them before realizing it!

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  21. Keren Duchan
    May 20, 2013 @ 12:40 pm

    The bookshelf is beautiful. I don’t know how you do it in so short a time. Thanks for the really great videos! I appreciate how you share the things that didn’t work alongside things that did, and how you overcame them.

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    June 17, 2013 @ 2:00 am

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  23. Gordon Clark
    July 2, 2013 @ 5:19 am

    Awesome bookcase Steve. I think the painted finish looks super cool. Too bad you don’t need a much larger one. I would love to see you build 6 x 10 then I could cheat and build it for our Church extension.

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  24. Anonymous
    July 5, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

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  25. Jim Ashley
    July 14, 2013 @ 7:41 am

    Nice project Steve. I too tried the poly/stain mix and let’s say I wouldn’t make regular use of it. I did get it to work though by totally ignoring the manufacturer’s instructions… ha. I used it on my son’s table I made a couple of years ago. What worked for me was a coat of dewaxed schellac as a sealer. Then when applying the poly/stain mix, I found it looked more uniform if you brush or wipe it on, then immediately wipe off the excess. The stain color ended up being lighter, but at least it was more uniform.

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  26. Anonymous
    January 28, 2014 @ 11:15 am

    Awesome job and even though the stain/poly didn’t work out for you the paint doesn’t look to shabby ether. I for one have started using the stain/poly combo a lot more often now that I finally have figured it out. The first few times I had the same results as you have it truly does work depending on the look your getting. DE waxed shellac worked best for a seal coat and prevents a ton of blotching but not all. Another key was using the wood whispers wiping method. Thin the product and wipe on and don’t wipe off, build up the coats and color as needed. This process does take much more time but it works. Finally i’ll put 1-2 coats of just poly on top, something about a stain/poly mix doesn’t suit well in my stomach is there isn’t just plan poly on top.

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  27. how to make a bookshelf
    April 14, 2014 @ 7:57 pm

    by making that bookcase you have trebled the value of the original sheet of plywood

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  28. Anonymous
    May 8, 2014 @ 6:46 am

    Nice work. Could you tell me what kind of paint you used and the name of the color. Thank you

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  29. Edward Jones
    July 5, 2014 @ 3:30 pm

    Love the Jetsons clock over the 70’s style bookcase. I’ve never been a fan of 70’s style, even when it was just modern:) But I really do like this look. THANKS for sharing!!!!!!!!!!

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  30. Richard Little
    September 28, 2014 @ 8:09 pm

    Where can I get plans for this intriguing plywood case?

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  31. Roger
    January 25, 2015 @ 3:51 pm

    You’re a gr8 builder of many wares Steve. Keep up the gr8 work.

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  32. julio maldonado
    November 20, 2015 @ 11:29 am

    what size of copper tubing?

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  33. Arturo
    January 20, 2016 @ 4:54 am

    Hi Steve,
    I’ve been following your channel for a while… It’s GREAT. I’m a begginer in this craft and I’m thinking into make this bookshelf.
    Could you please let me know the size of the plywood sheet? I’ve tried with the common sizes of the ones that I can find here (Bogotá, Colombia) and they are 122 X 244 cms long and I really think that yours is a little bigger.
    Thanks!

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  34. Neil LaPointe
    February 5, 2016 @ 10:11 pm

    Definitely building this next week! Love it!
    I have used Polyshades in the past and have found that it works very well. One of the things though is that the stain is suspended in the poly instead of being a homogeneous mixture. If not thoroughly stirred(I vigorously shake the can though it says not too. Make sure to brush out the bubbles), it can separate and leave a blotchy look where poly and stain is being applied separately. There are definitely different user experiences with it though. I can’t speak for all materials, but on SPF I’ve found it to be a great product.

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  36. Steven Lemon
    June 7, 2017 @ 5:20 pm

    I’ve got all the pieces cut and now I’m trying to figure out how, where the center dividers meet the vertical sides, how do you get the dowels into a 3/4″ board at the same spot?

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  37. Arnel Achivar
    November 8, 2017 @ 6:31 pm

    Thank you very much. I will try to do this.

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  38. William M.
    April 10, 2018 @ 7:24 am

    On the plans it calls for a 11/16 diameter hole for the dowel jig. The hole is only spaced 3/8 (12/32 equivalant) from the edge though. The radius of that drill bit is 11/32. Meaning if I drill a 11/32 radius (11/16 Diameter) hole 12/32 (3/8) from the edge, I’ll only be left with 1/32 between the edge of the wood and the start of the hole right? In the video it doesn’t look like the space between the two is 1/32.
    Additionally if the hole is 11/16 the brass tubing looks like a snug fit, so it’s pretty close to 11/16 in diameter too, with the dowel being 5/16 that leaves about a 3/8 gap. In the video the 5/16 drill bit looks pretty snug and i imagine the brass tubing is to reduce friction on the drill bit and not enlarge the hole any further, Which I don’t think would be a problem if the gap was that large?
    I just want to verify that the hole is actually 11/16 in diameter. I was in the process of building this bookcase and got stuck on making the dowel jig cause it’s difficult for me to leave that 1/32 gap with out splintering the edge of the wood.
    Thanks in advance!
    -Will

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