I have built a number of bookcases since completing my first woodworking project in 1983. All of these bookcases are my own design. One design I really like is called the Kirkwood. I have built so many bookcases, I decided to begin naming newer ones after antebellum homes. One of my favorite such homes is Kirkwood in Eutaw, Alabama (see it by clicking here). This bookcase is basic case construction with the addition of bracket feet and moldings. Clicking the link below will tak...
The first step in making my daughter’s window seat bookcase is to create the sides and the interior dividers (shown in blue above). This is panel construction with a more difficult step which I’ll get to in the my next blog post. The legs are 1.5” square cherry and it looks like there is a little quilting going on in the legs, not sure. To create the curve on the lower rail, I literally printed the component straight from SketchUp and taped it onto some 1/4”...
My daughter is an avid reader and still prefers reading from a real book even though I think most 24 year olds are downloading books these days. Since books were stacking up on the floor, she asked me to build a second bookcase. The only space available was beneath two double hung windows. This meant the bookcase would need to be much more horizontal than vertical. She also liked the idea of something that she could also use as a bench. Here is what I came up with in SketchUp… ...
I created a nice pine bookcase with dovetailed joints on top, 3 thru tenons, and custom made molding. This was done using handtools (except nail gun). Check out the video and comment. Remember to like and share it to support YouTube woodworkers.
I finally bought a joinery saw, the new Lee-Valley (LV) extra fine dozuki they had on special a couple weeks ago, and boy does it leave a cleaner cut than my 210mm ryoba. The kerf is so thin, sometimes the blade sticks, I might look into waxing it a bit if it persists. Out of all the hand tool skills, I want to improve my sawing the most. By far it seems that a good cut saves the most time and leaves a better result than any later clean up work with my chisels. Most of the joinery were...
Last week I found a pro woodworker/contractor advertising his offcuts on craigslist. I headed over and was in awe of what he called offcuts. I ended up with some great tips from him in addition to some slabs of Alaskan yellow cedar, sugar pine, and some pieces of walnut and cherry. I’m saving these for a toolbox I hope to make soon and a marking gauge. In the meantime, I knew I was running out of space to store this wood in a sightly manner back home. The little wood space I did have...
Hello folks. Hope everyone is having a great start to their Wednesday. This week’s project is an easy to build bookcase. Here is the SketchUp video for the project. I use the follow me command a few times to make super easy work of case molding. Have a great day! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOtTNGNFI00
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Yesterday, I finished installation of the two matching bookcases that flank the fireplace insert I constructed in December. This was a difficult build as I knew I had to perfectly fit these two cases against a wall, two knee walls, and the fireplace insert…all while keeping everything parallel, level, and in-line while taking into consideration an old house with sloping floors and wavy walls. The construction of the basic book cases was fairly straight forward; they’re just bi...
De’ja’ vu Last year I built a Shaker Bench for one of our favorite local charities. I was not going to make the deadline and Brian Havens flew out at a moment’s notice to help me build & deliver the bench just in time to be fashionably late rather than just late. (See blog entry here at LJ.) This year I started my project a couple of weeks early but things did not go as smoothly as I would have liked on the project nor my schedule. As a professional contractor my s...
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