So how did the project turn out?
Not bad, eh? Certainly better than before. [Of course, that's not saying much.]
A few more photos:
The empty shelf at left was quickly filled with overflow from our three full-height bookcases.
The right side is carpet, and that's what I measured for the height of the wooden foundation.
Unfortunately, the left side sits on concrete/stone. It's different by only 7/8" [now he measures], but that's more than enough to keep the bookcase from standing straight.
So I nailed together a quick 2x4 foundation, and will shorten the existing one in the coming weeks.
A good woodworker could have knocked this whole project out in two or three weekends. It took me most of the summer.
Maybe because I was enjoying the process so much. Hard to beat time in a workshop, puttering around as if you're really accomplishing something, good music or good radio keeping you company.
If you've read this far, I'd be interested in your ideas. Send them to: usarmycwo at yahoo.com
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