Arts and Crafts Bookcase

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Project by Diamondback posted 1726 days ago 1961 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Arts and crafts Red Oak bookcase made for a friend. The inside shelf supports are shown in the third picture. The bars are flat on the top but slope slightly down and out away from the inside of the cabinet on the ends and in the slanted half moon channel so vibration will not move them inside and possibly fall out.

-- Oshkosh, Wisconsin

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#1 posted 1726 days ago

Very nice. I really like the arts and crafts look.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#2 posted 1726 days ago

Very nice bookcase. I like those exposed joints – beautiful craftsmanship.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Vincent Nocito

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#3 posted 1726 days ago

Very well done! What are the dimensions of the case? What finish did you use?

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#4 posted 1726 days ago

Love it. It looks like you have been pretty busy in the shop.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 1726 days ago

Very nice a real antique feel to it.

-- Custom furniture

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Ed Elizondo

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#6 posted 1726 days ago

The bookcase is work of art. Detail down to the tee. and finish is really good.

-- Ed E. " Taking one board at a time "

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#7 posted 1726 days ago

The bookcase is a copy of a Stickley design, arts and crafts. It is 14 inches deep x 36 inches wide x 63 inches tall. The finish is Sam Maloof poly/oil. I’m especially happy with the shelf adjustments that I made. Movable angled wood shelf supports flat on the top are slid into side cutouts that slope down/outward, same slope as the shelf support. That way any vibration will not work them out since they slope toward the sides of the cabinet. Hard to describe and I know I haven’t done that very well. Anyhow, they work. The couple I made this for wanted the medium oak finish. The most challenging piece was the door and all the small panes. Very time consuming with a need to be very accurate. Gluing up was a real challenge. The back is tongue and groove oak, no plywood in the piece…:).

Thanks for all the nice comments.

-- Oshkosh, Wisconsin

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#8 posted 1725 days ago

Wow. That’s a beautify piece. I’d love to see pics of what you mention as your moveable shelf supports.

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#9 posted 1724 days ago

I will try to get some pictures of the shelf supports when I visit my friends house. It will probably be a while though.

Also, thanks for the feedback, very much appreciated.

-- Oshkosh, Wisconsin

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#10 posted 1721 days ago

Nice Arts and Crafts Bookcase.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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