Arts and Crafts Bookcase

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Project by Diamondback posted 10-21-2009 05:38 PM 2113 views 5 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 10-21-2009 05:55 PM

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

-- Alan, Prince George

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#2 posted 10-21-2009 05:57 PM

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

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 10-21-2009 07:21 PM

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

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#4 posted 10-21-2009 08:08 PM

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 10-21-2009 08:14 PM

Very nice a real antique feel to it.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 10-21-2009 11:18 PM

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 10-22-2009 07:41 AM

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 10-22-2009 05:51 PM

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 10-23-2009 09:50 PM

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 10-27-2009 03:01 AM

Nice Arts and Crafts Bookcase.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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