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Project by Greg Mitchell posted 06-24-2007 08:33 PM 2600 views 12 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bookcase was the very first large piece of furniture that I ever built. I completed it about five years ago, and has been moved in about every room of the house. It has held up well. I made it out of red oak, because that was all that I could afford at the time. Once I got started I got to thinking that I was in over my head a little because of all the mortis and tenons in this piece. It was great practice that would help me out down the road.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, AR--gdamitchell@sbcglobal.net





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woodspar

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#1 posted 06-24-2007 09:18 PM

Very nice; it is so light in form it reminds me of an etagere. I like the arch at the top. I cannot quite tell but it appears that the bottom shelf echos the arch at the top? Thanks for posting.

-- John

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oscorner

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#2 posted 06-24-2007 10:22 PM

You did a spectacular job! Nice finish.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Bill

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#3 posted 06-24-2007 10:31 PM

Very nice. I like the mission style look of the case. Nice to hear it has held up fine though all the moves.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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TreeBones

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#4 posted 06-25-2007 12:17 AM

Very nice piece. I only wish some of my first projects could have come out as good as yours.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service http://westcoastlands.net/Sawmill.html http://westcoastlands.net/SawBucks2/phpBB3 http://www.portablesawmill.info

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Bob Babcock

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#5 posted 06-25-2007 12:29 AM

Nice job. You wouldn’t know it was a 1st.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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Don

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#6 posted 06-25-2007 12:42 AM

I like this piece,Greg. And a first – fantastic!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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Karson

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#7 posted 06-25-2007 12:50 AM

A great looking bookcase. I like the look of it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Napaman

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#8 posted 06-25-2007 02:03 AM

i really like the finish! nice job!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#9 posted 06-25-2007 02:08 AM

Fantastic job – your first piece? Great job, nothing like starting out of the comfort zone.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#10 posted 06-25-2007 03:37 AM

I really like this piece a lot. Can’t believe it was your first large one!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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mot

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#11 posted 06-25-2007 03:39 AM

That’s a very impressive piece. Something to be proud of!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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miles125

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#12 posted 06-25-2007 04:05 AM

You should be proud!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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Dorje

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#13 posted 06-25-2007 04:09 AM

Well, it’s all been said above, but it IS a pretty piece!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#14 posted 06-25-2007 05:04 AM

Great job first piece or nineth, very nice job. I like the mission look also. jockmike

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

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Damian Penney

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#15 posted 06-25-2007 04:24 PM

I’m not a big fan of most Arts & Crafts work but this is a really nice piece. Like John said it looks very clean and light. Good stuff :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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