Cyndi's Bookcase - Quarter sawn red oak.

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Project by Luddite posted 10-20-2015 03:41 PM 1443 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dec 2014

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

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#1 posted 10-20-2015 04:05 PM

That’s beautiful. Well done!

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#2 posted 10-20-2015 04:23 PM

Nice well built bookcase, Terry!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 10-20-2015 04:33 PM

Very nice…I love quarter sawn red oak and even the defects

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#4 posted 10-20-2015 09:12 PM

Terry, it looks good and I like all the little details you included.

-- Art

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#5 posted 10-20-2015 11:20 PM

Lovely work. I especially like the way your finish turned out and the fact that you haven’t shied away from exposing the knots!

-- SteveL

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#6 posted 10-21-2015 05:42 AM

Squze my igerance, what are the benifits of quarter sawn please?? (apart from your bookcase looking superb of course!)

-- Live Forever...............or Die Trying

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#7 posted 10-21-2015 09:18 AM

Great job looks great.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 10-21-2015 12:40 PM

Squze my igerance, what are the benifits of quarter sawn please?? (apart from your bookcase looking superb of course!)

- Colin


I don’t always use oak, but when I do I prefer QS.
Stay woodworking my friend.

Here’s some reasons for using QS from Woodworkers Guild.

Three Reasons To Pony Up. Knowing that quarter-sawn wood can out price plain-sawn by a factor of two (or more), here are the compelling reasons to buy it.

Quarter-sawn wood is more stable than plain-sawn. Not only is it less prone to cupping, it also expands and contracts less.

Quarter-sawn provides a “quieter” and straighter face grain than plain-sawn.

In some woods, especially the oaks, quarter sawing reveals dramatic internal rays that add a very cool dimension to the material.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#9 posted 10-21-2015 11:23 PM

This turned out so nicely. Well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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