OK, Onwards..

Bookcase Wood Wm

What do we have here?

The splodgy bits are knotting solution. It’s stuff that seals the knots in the wood, preventing the brown stains that can sometimes seep through the layers of paint. We seem to have a lot of wood. And knots.


Bookcase wip 1 Wm


Mike has drilled the holes for the adjustable shelf supports.

The jig is a recent purchase. No job can start without a few new toys to help it on its way, but in this case it has proved invaluable. Drilling all those little holes, the exact same distance apart, would have taken weeks without it. The trouble is I’m told the drill is now on its way out too..



And this is where we are as of today.


The two remaining back pieces still need to be prepared. And the lid. 25 individual shelf sections have been knotted and sanded too. Gosh. It’ll soon be ready for the spray booth..


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  1. haggiz January 3, 2013 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    I’d forgotten about knotting solution, I seem to remember it stained my hands! Looking good though, you have been busy! J x

    • Jessica January 3, 2013 at 8:12 pm - Reply

      It does. Mike had to go out and get more meths. It’s the only thing that gets it off!

  2. Em January 3, 2013 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    I made the mistake of not using knotting when painting our new window sills….I am now paying the price. Lovely to see your Christmas tree in the context of the room. It looks great, as do the (potential) shelves.

    • Jessica January 3, 2013 at 8:15 pm - Reply

      Plenty of room for the tree to grow! Thanks Em.

  3. Denise January 3, 2013 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    Oooooooooooooooooooh watching and waiting! Don’t you love the before, during and after photos? xxx

    • Jessica January 3, 2013 at 8:16 pm - Reply

      I’m looking forward to the ‘after’!!

  4. Simone January 3, 2013 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    Looking good! The knotting solution makes the wood look animal print. You could set a new trend (or maybe ‘knot’)!!!

    • Jessica January 3, 2013 at 8:19 pm - Reply

      Knot! 🙂
      Thanks Simone

  5. rachel January 3, 2013 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    The spray booth? Do you have to wear paper knickers? Oh, sorry, that’s fake tan. Anyway, tell us more!

    • Jessica January 3, 2013 at 8:24 pm - Reply

      The spray booth is also known as the garage. Hopefully with the car well out of the way…

  6. Anne January 3, 2013 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    Malcolm is suffering “tool envy” …… he doesn’t have a drilling jig thingy! (that could be the only tool he doesn’t have!) I’m looking forward to seeing the progress of the shelves.

    • Jessica January 3, 2013 at 8:34 pm - Reply

      He had fun with it.. but not sure what else you’d use it for? I shall start a tool hire business at the end of all this..

  7. Rosie January 3, 2013 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    Looks as if you have been busy. Hope the drill holds out until you’ve finished . All that space for lovely books!:)

    • Jessica January 3, 2013 at 8:36 pm - Reply

      25 boxes full of books, at least. I shall have a bookcase AND the dining room back!

  8. Jill Chandler. January 3, 2013 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    That is going to look so good. What will you paint spray?

    • Jessica January 3, 2013 at 8:39 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jill.
      Me and Mike, if it’s a breezy day..

  9. Jill Chandler. January 3, 2013 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    I meant what colour! I know its the shelves DOH.

    • Jessica January 3, 2013 at 8:42 pm - Reply

      Farrow and Ball’s Parma Gray. Blue/grey. We did a bathroom in that colour in the last house and loved it.

  10. BadPenny January 3, 2013 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    Knots and Holes … a good name for a Blog ?
    I put that body cream on one summer – the one which slowly tints you ( orange ) My fingers looked like I had a fifty a day habit !
    Shelves looking good so far ! Happy New Year & looking forward to reading & seeing your progress along with stories of mice, squirrels, geese & plumbers !

    • Jessica January 3, 2013 at 8:47 pm - Reply

      Thanks Penny. And a very Happy New Year to you too.
      So glad you had a good time in Scotland. Can’t think of anywhere better for New Year.

  11. where the journey takes me January 3, 2013 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    Hi Jessica – I immediately recognised the unmistakeable pattern of the knotting solution from your picture even before I read your words! We have just been checking our tin at the cottage last weekend as we have to replace the conservatory doors soon as the wet panel on the existing doors has grown a mushroom fungus thingy… Yuck!!
    You seem to have dived straight in now Christmas is over and the shelves look great – do you loan your better half out any time with his tools??

    • Jessica January 3, 2013 at 9:34 pm - Reply

      Don’t like the sound of mushroom fungus thingy..
      I can loan him out Viv, his next free slot is 2023.. is that OK???

  12. CherryPie January 3, 2013 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    I am going to be so jealous of the after photo of those book shelves. My books are all over the place!

    • Jessica January 3, 2013 at 10:39 pm - Reply

      I just hope we’ve got room for them all… I’d hate to have to do this all over again somewhere else.. Even if we do now have the jig!

  13. elaine January 3, 2013 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    Slowly but surely you are getting there. What will you have to blog about when all the jobs are finished? You’ll just have to move house and start again I reckon.

    • Jessica January 3, 2013 at 10:42 pm - Reply

      Only just scratched the surface Elaine, sadly. And then there’s the garden… Ten year job I reckon!

  14. knitsofacto January 3, 2013 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    And there was me wailing about the upheaval of turning the storeroom into my studio – hardly any power tools required – and you’re cracking on with an entire house! Have fun!!

    And a very belated Happy New Year!

    • Jessica January 3, 2013 at 10:46 pm - Reply

      It will be great to have a studio though.. in my dreams!
      A very Happy New Year to you too Annie.

  15. young at heart January 4, 2013 at 9:05 am - Reply

    a knotty issue…..it will look fabulous though!!

    • Jessica January 4, 2013 at 9:21 am - Reply

      I hope so, and incentive to spend a bit more time relaxing with a good book.

  16. domesticali January 4, 2013 at 11:38 am - Reply

    Now don’t those look a heap more satisfying than a trip to Ikea and a tussle with an allen key?

    Though I must confess to being a black belt in flat pack furniture.

    • Jessica January 4, 2013 at 6:55 pm - Reply

      It’s proving to be every bit as complex!

  17. Josephine January 5, 2013 at 12:09 am - Reply

    I can already imagine those wonderful shelves filled to overflowing with colourful books, and carefully chosen what-nots…..It’s all coming together nicely, you get full marks !

    • Jessica January 5, 2013 at 10:01 am - Reply

      Thanks Jo!

  18. Sue January 5, 2013 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    It’s all moving forwards at a nice steady pace – looking good.

    Sue xx

    • Jessica January 5, 2013 at 6:27 pm - Reply

      Now that the holidays are over we can focus on it a little more. I hope!

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