"Federal Style Low Bookcase" Challege

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Blog entry by joey posted 03-28-2008 08:36 PM 9873 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Inspired by this fine huntboard

This bookcase has 3 sections, the 2 on the ends will handle most novel while the center section is for larger books that never seem to fit in a normal book case, there is 160 ” of shelve space in the 70” piece

This design I pulled from my design notebook. It is a design That worked up for a customer, but I never got to build. I think it would look good build out of walnut with a maple & ebony accent, it all solid wood construction with the exception of the back which would be a 1/2 inch walnut veneer plywood

the 3” apron would be veneer in a vertical 3/4 walnut banding with a 1 1/2 walnut burl in the center, or maybe a birdseye maple for contrast. the legs are 2 1/2 sq with a home made medallion made with a 1” plug cutter and contrasting woods there is a 3/8 halve round the accent the bottom of the apron and it carries though the legs and side, band inlay would wrap the legs to terminate vertical stringing and a taper would be cut the bottom portion, just above the taper another 3/8 halve round would wrap the piece.


The top would have a 1” overhang on three sides and a 3/4 overhang in the back so it can touch the wall so that baseboard would not hold out from the wall. The top would have an artistic inlay or be banded with banding or stringing, The piece would be finished with a sealer coat of shellac and then a wiping varnish with sanding in between coats.

The idea for a bookcase, came from research I was doing on hunt boards in the federal style for a client I really like all the inlays and banding so jotted down a few ideas in my notebook.

inspiration leg

I have many in my notebook but I wanted something that stood out. I have a few more that stond out but this one I would really like to build. good luck to everyone

Best Wishes

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#1 posted 03-28-2008 08:39 PM

A lot of detail there. I’d like to see the finished project.

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#2 posted 03-28-2008 08:43 PM

Nice design, maybe you should build a “mock-up” when you have a few days spare, it would be nice to see it come to fruition.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#3 posted 03-28-2008 08:45 PM

its only showing 1/2 the drawing,
ok I got it worked out

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#4 posted 03-28-2008 10:10 PM

Hi Joey

Try making the pictures a little smaller in photobucket, sometimes this site and Photobucket can be a difficult!

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#5 posted 03-28-2008 10:48 PM

Wow that is a lot of detail. You have a nice design. Let’s start building.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 03-29-2008 01:23 AM

Nice looking desisn. I like the different shelf levels.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 03-30-2008 02:58 AM

I expect you’ll do an excellent job of this and I look forward to seeing the final results.
That’s got a nice look. Seems well thought out—nice form with lots of function.

-- Gary, Florida

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#8 posted 04-12-2008 05:21 PM

Beautiful work, hope it works out for you. It will be spectacular. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 04-19-2008 06:04 AM

Joey. A great design.

Good luck.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 04-20-2008 01:37 PM

Beautiful work

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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