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Project by captkerk posted 1697 days ago 1522 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The bookcase is taken out of an issue of American Woodworker. The article showed how to make jigs for the tapered sliding dovetails which were still fairly difficult to get right. I definitely learned a few things about jig setup and sizing of the joints to accommodate glue! I had to adjust the dimensions slightly to fit where I wanted it to in the house and to work with the size lumber I had on hand. That lumber is spalted maple I got from my in laws who have some property and keep me supplied with free rough sawn lumber. I stained it with Minwax English Chestnut to mute the color variations a little and then finished it with wipe on poly.





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lew

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#1 posted 1697 days ago

Gorgeous!!

I really like the sliding dovetails.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Derrek LeRouax

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#2 posted 1697 days ago

Nice job. Looks like your dimensioning came out perfect.

I see you have a shop assistant about the same age as mine (~2.5). Hope is having as much fun as mine is…

-- Derrek L.

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captkerk

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#3 posted 1697 days ago

My assistant is one of four. I have all the help I can stand! He’s almost 2 and he has three sisters; 5, 3, and newborn. At least I don’t have to worry about the new one…yet.

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#4 posted 1697 days ago

Nice looking bookcase.

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#5 posted 1697 days ago

I love this simple elegant look. Congrats!

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 1697 days ago

Nice job great wood

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#7 posted 1697 days ago

Nice looking shelf.

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norm1975

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#8 posted 1679 days ago

Looks great! How did you attach the top?

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captkerk

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#9 posted 1678 days ago

The top is attached with the same tapered sliding dovetails as the shelves only they are stopped sockets and the taper goes the other way. The shelves all have the wide end of the dovetails at the front so they slide into the sides from the front but since the sockets are on the top, the wide end is at the back so the top slides on from the front, too.

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Thomas

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#10 posted 1619 days ago

Sharp! Very nice design!

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Dusty56

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#11 posted 1196 days ago

It looks great before and after the staining process.
We call that Ambrosia Maple because the staining and holes are caused from the Ambrosia Beetle grubs chewing their way through the tree.
Spalted Maple comes from a fungus and usually leaves fine “pencil lines” throughout the wood.
I can’t see any of those lines in your pictures ,but I’m not saying that there aren’t any. : )
Either way , it is a nice looking bookcase and the dovetails add a nice detail to it : )
Spalted Maple link : http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/maple,%20spalted.htm
Ambrosia Maple link: http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/maple,%20ambrosia.htm

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captkerk

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#12 posted 1196 days ago

Dusty, thanks for commenting. I didn’t know what to call the maple I have because I didn’t know there was a name for it! Some of the boards do have some spalting, but it seems that I should have called it Ambrosia Maple. Thanks for the links, too!

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Dusty56

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#13 posted 1195 days ago

You’re welcome and I’ve also seen Spalted , Ambrosia , Tiger Maple all in one board at a very pricey sum : )
Some folks refer to Tiger and Curly Maple as the same thing…all depends where you’re from I guess : )
Looking forward to your next project …Keep up the good work !!

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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