(North Bergen, NJ—February 14, 2018) As a part of his final project for DFab’s Wood Technology major, Alex Becerril of Bayonne constructed a bookcase that he crafted as a gift to his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech High School.
As a requirement, the Wood Technology project had to be constructed with a face frame, the frame fixed to the front of a cabinet carcass that obscures the edges of the carcass and provides the fixing point for doors and other external hardware.
As mentioned, Becerril created the bookcase as a gift for his girlfriend, an avid reader and book collector. Over the course of several months, Becerril employed the machinery available in the High Tech garage. He learned about new techniques and tools to which he and classmates had not been previously exposed. Zach Bolich, Becerril’s instructor, guided him through the project, from preparation to the process of utilizing trade tools.
Shortly after completion of the bookcase, Becerril installed the fruits of his handiwork in his girlfriend’s house.
“This project offered me experience in woodcraft etiquette, communication, and real- world situations,” says Becerril. “More so, with this project, I finally got to embrace the tradition of my family’s four generations of woodworkers.”
The shelves of the bookcase, which stands at approximately eight feet from floor to ceiling, have already been filled with Becerril’s girlfriend’s novels.
|Alex Becerril of Bayonne stands beside his handcrafted bookcase|