|Project by Luddite||posted 10-20-2015 03:41 PM||954 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
Here’s a bookcase, similar to the one I posted earlier “Liam’s Bookcase”, made from quarter sawn red oak.
My client wanted red oak, not my favorite, and when Woodcraft had a killer wood sale with QS red oak at less than $4/bf I couldn’t resist. During my Sickley phase, a bedroom full of Stickley inspired pieces, I’d worked QS white oak and really enjoyed the experience but after working with the QS red oak I’m in love with both. QS is worth the cost.
This piece was just too much fun to do. Truly a router and biscuit project. I wanted this case to be strong yet open looking when completed but with bookcases you really need good support for the shelves.
I decided to have two fixed shelves along with a top and bottom. An additional three adjustable shelves.
The fixed shelves are dado’d into the sides using a stub tenon on the end of the shelve. The support is what I consider a ‘cool piece’. Made to fit into the back of the case with an overlap rabbet it also has a dado on the front to receive the end edge of the shelf and then screwed in place. the back support added rigidity to the entire case. This also allowed me to have smaller and easier to handle back panels.
Front an back images of back support.
Doing the rabbet on the rear support was done with a table saw. Two cuts and I had the rabbets cut with an advantage of getting a near perfect 5/16 in square stock for making plugs to cover the screw attachments.
Dry clamping the sides with panels together I proceeded to router out the blind dado’s for the fixed shelves along with the bottom shelf and supports. This was a bit of a challenge but worked out smoothly.
I tried to make the panels contiguous in order for the grain ti flow. The panels were planed to .5 in, edges soften and fitted to the dados on the rails and stiles.
The final piece was finished with a Watco Natural oil and several coats of Waterlox Gloss varnish.
-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense