Roycroft Little Journeys Book Stand in QSWO

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Project by Vincent Nocito posted 07-25-2014 05:52 PM 1712 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my Roycroft Little Journeys Book Stand in QSWO. It is a pretty faithful reproduction of the antigue original. It measures 26”h x 14”d x 26.5” h. The shelves are 6.4” d. It was built to display a set or original Little Journeys books and other Roycroft publications. The book stand features through M&T joints with tusk tenons. The top is held in place with table irons. The finish is Trans Tint reddish brown with an antique walnut gel stain glaze. It has three coats of satin poly and a final coat of clear Briwax.

The foot pattern was traced from a poster board template.

The foot and top rail mortises were machine cut and cleaned with mortising chisels.

The dry fit of the side assembly before cutting the through mortise for the shelves.

Forming the through tenons and chamferring the ends.

Assembled ready for finish.

After the dye stain. Ready to glaze and topcoat.

After the glaze coat.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 07-25-2014 09:08 PM

It came out great. You have displayed some great skills with your joinery techniques, and I think you nailed the color.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 07-25-2014 09:52 PM

Agree with Pinto. The color is excellent. Very nicely done!

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#3 posted 07-25-2014 10:30 PM

It looks great and I especially like the through tenons and tusks. Elbert would definitely approve. I also like the pots; they really add to the overall look.

-- Art

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#4 posted 07-25-2014 11:58 PM

I also agree that you really nailed the color! That’s a great looking reading table, and I can imagine sitting in a library, on a rainy afternoon, by the fire, enjoying this table!

-- Dean

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#5 posted 07-26-2014 12:21 AM

I think you have this joinery thing down! Nice piece!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 07-26-2014 01:07 AM

Beautiful! Definitely a worthy reproduction of a Roycraft.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#7 posted 07-26-2014 03:18 AM

great build went back and looked at that wine rack they both are great builds

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#8 posted 07-26-2014 03:28 AM

Thanks for the great comments. The pottery is Roseville Mostique. It was introduced in 1916. The bookends are hammered copper from the Roycroft Copper shop (circa 1910). The set of Little Journeys is from 1916 and the copy of “A Message to Garcia” was printed in 1913. You can read many of the Little Journeys stories online from Google Play.

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#9 posted 07-26-2014 11:41 AM

Great job. Thanks for sharing.

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#10 posted 07-26-2014 01:44 PM

Great job in all respects! Thanks for all the photographs.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#11 posted 07-27-2014 04:09 PM

Hi Vincent,

Great job on the book stand. Your effort to keep to the original is well done. Good job as well on showing the progress from start to finish.

Bill G

-- Bill G - West Springfield, MA

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