I’ve been working on a big Stickley designed double bookcase for way too long, but I’m closing in on it now. Finally put the tongue-and-groove back boards on, all the shelves are done (middle shelves are fixed, top and bottom shelves adjustable … it was too tall for me to get a full top to bottom shot, so you can’t see all the shelves in this pic), it’s all glued up and ready for some final sanding. It’s coming out fairly well, if I do say so myself.
But it’s been a bit of a learning curve. For instance, wrestling with the sheer weight of each board was—ahem—interesting compared to the other, smaller projects I’m used to. The top and bottom shelves are 1-1/8 inch thick, 13 inches wide, and over five feet long. The whole mess stands about 55 inches tall. Needless to say I got pretty adept with a roller stand.
A couple other lessons:
Cutting thru mortises in REALLY expensive stock is daunting! And because they were twinned up, they had to be much more precise than anything I’d done previously. Also, I decided to dado the inside so that the top and bottom got additional support.
Which leads to my next lesson …
Figuring out my own joinery takes planning. The original plan came from the book “Craftman shop drawings.” The drawings are excellent, but the joinery is left purposely vague. This really tested my anticipation skills — and my memory — as I had to adjust the plans to accommodate the changes in measurements.
Next up is a pair of optional glass doors … it’s actually square enough (lesson four).
And since the bookcase may be too darn heavy to carry gracefully out of my basement shop, the last lesson just might be how to procrastinate even more.
-- David in sunny Cleveland, Oh