A&C Style Book Case

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Project by AandCstyle posted 02-10-2016 12:20 AM 684 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a “knock down” book case. It was quick and easy since there is almost no joinery involved. I did cut a grove for tongues on the rails to glue into grooves on the top and bottom shelves. Aside from those two pieces, it all comes apart by removing the 8 tusks in the through tenons. I cut the mortises slightly over sized so the wood is less likely to chip out when the shelves are inserted or removed. SHMBO wanted the finish to match the desk in the room. It is TT Mission Brown in Target’s WR4000 with top coats of EM1000 and EM6000. Thanks for looking and any comments or questions are welcome.

-- Art

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#1 posted 02-10-2016 12:23 AM

Love it!! Good job!!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....Steve Lien

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#2 posted 02-10-2016 03:36 AM

Great figure, finish and style. I like the tusk tenons too.
Great work.

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

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#3 posted 02-10-2016 02:27 PM

Love it! A bookcase is on my schedule.

-- Doug...

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#4 posted 02-10-2016 05:32 PM

Looks really nice! Made from white oak?

-- Dave, York, PA, WildSide Woodworking

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#5 posted 02-10-2016 08:12 PM

I like the open back look and it looks like you have enough ‘meat’ in the upper and lower sections to control any racking.

The wood is mysteriously excellent, I wish I could run down to a local sawyer and get the same.

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#6 posted 02-10-2016 11:52 PM

Looks really good with a beautiful finish.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#7 posted 02-10-2016 11:52 PM

My thanks to all for the favorable comments. :)

Raven, yes, it is qswo. I should have mentioned that in my initial post.

Splinter, there is a bit of racking, but I hope that once the books are loaded, that will be eliminated. However, it will not move much because of the tusks in any event. I suggest you look at McKinney Hardwoods for your qswo needs. I had him ship about 100 bdft to me when I lived in the East Mountains sight unseen which I used to make this sofa. Scroll down a bit to see it with the fabric. His price including shipping was comparable to local prices and the figure of the wood was outstanding. Michael will do right by you.

-- Art

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#8 posted 02-11-2016 12:31 PM


Very nice AC work there, especially with qswo. Have always wanted to try the ‘tusk’ method.
Thanks for sharing.

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

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#9 posted 02-11-2016 03:11 PM

Art, thanks for the heads up on McKinney. I have relatives that live a few miles from there. It’d make a great excuse to drive over for a visit, then have an ‘escape plan’. The distance also makes shipping an economic possibility.
I have also been thinking about a trip to in AZ. A two day venture, but beats growing my own!

I built the wife a trestle style glass cutting bench (from SYP) and used the tenon/tusk arrangement in the stretcher. It was a bit of work dialing in all the angles but when those tusks are tapped down, it’s like the tenon is glued. You are correct that once things are acclimatized and loaded up, they settle in nicely.

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#10 posted 02-11-2016 03:15 PM

Nice work Art.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 02-11-2016 10:32 PM

Terry, thank you and you definitely should. They would look great with some mesquite.

Splinter, there is also a WWS in Tucson which would only be one long day-5 hours there and 5 hours back plus an hour or two there.

Jim, thanks.

-- Art

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