So, to test them out, I decided to try out a bookend design I had been pushing around for a while: N7 bookends made from clear acrylic.
Up until I actually had the thing assembled, I was throwing around the idea of lighting the bookends, as you see in the above pic. Ended up scrapping that though, since the design didn't really account for a spot for a light, let alone batteries or a plug. Future ones, maybe!
Unfortunately, I don't have any shots of the gluing process, since it flew together extremely quickly. I do, however, have the finished product shots!
For this first one I did things in kind of a strange order, and have since figured out a better process. I glued the middle and bottom pieces together, by clamping down a board over top and enlisting the help of my band saw for some weight in the middle. I wrapped that portion up in wax paper, so that it didn't get glued to the bench or the board. While those set, I taped over the back of the top layer, so that the paint didn't get onto it and screw up gluing it all together later.
After all that, a few clear coats to seal it all in, then I enlisted my belt sander this time and glued everything down - making sure to put in the acrylic screen too!