I wanted a piece of furniture that would fit in with the craftsman-arts & crafts style of the other furniture in our home. That style, BTW, is not craftsman's as in Sears, Roebuck.
There were a few details that did not work out as planned, but for a first project and not having professional tools, I am happy, but I only give myself an B+.
I devoted around 100 hours to the project over 3 and 1/2 weeks. So even at $5/hour, the piece would have to sell at over $500 and that would not include the approximately $200 of materials. So the next time I see a piece of custom-built furniture made from wood with a really high price tag, I will understand that the price is fair and maybe even a little on the low side. I remember seeing really beautiful wood cabinets and desks when on the road that were being offered at prices like $4,000 -- $7,000 on up to $10,000. They were worth every penny. Unfortunately, few people are willing to pay for custom work like this. But then, my case is not for sale.
When I put the case together today, I was so thankful that I decided to not use any glue. Those pocket screws hold so tightly that I saw no reason to use glue That turned out to be a bonus because twice I had to remove a shelf to give me enough room to drive screws and then re-install the shelf. Had I used glue, there would have been some wailing and gnashing of teeth.
I also re-learned the need to take one's time and to think, think, think. And measure, measure, measure.
When I removed shelves I wanted to find a way to make sure I got them back in the exact same spot -- I did not want to enlarge a screw hole and loose holding power. While I did use blocks and lots of clamps, the third photo shows a piece of blue tape on which I drew a line with a Sharpie and then cut the tape. All I had to do was align the mark for spot-on accuracy.
1) I now know why people save wood scraps. Many, many times they came in so handy,
2) It is important not to get rushed. I had to tell myself to slow down and think. This avoided a lot of mistakes, but not the time I used a coarse-thread screw and ended up splitting a piece of oak face trim.
3. Get and use really good rulers. I can't emphasize enough the need to really check and re-check measurements.
4. If possible, drive pocket screws in my hand. That way I could keep from over driving a screw through another piece of wood -- even though I can adjust the torque on my chuck I like hand driving of screws so much more. Screws going into oak were coated with paraffin.
5. Do not work on the floor. Create some sort of stable work surface. I used two really strong saw horses with a thick piece of smooth hardboard screwed to the horses.
6. Clamp and secure both pieces as best as possible to prevent boards from moving.
7. I love my Kreg jig. I hope to use it often in the future