A Boarded Bookcase

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Project by Pat3 posted 04-25-2016 10:41 PM 2192 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Used Port Orford Cedar, first time working with this wood, learned a lot. I want to make another one but with a straight grained wood next time.

Followed the directions right out of the ADB, very easy to make and very stout. Another first was using wrought head nails, definitely have to make a pilot hole first.

Used power tools to process the wood to size and hand tools to cut all the dadoes.

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#1 posted 04-26-2016 02:09 AM

Great looking bookcase!!


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#2 posted 04-26-2016 06:24 AM

I like the old, rustic style on it.

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#3 posted 04-26-2016 12:20 PM

Nice work, looks great.

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#4 posted 04-26-2016 01:36 PM

Looks great. Was the Cedar difficult to use or are you switching woods for some other reason?

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#5 posted 04-26-2016 01:38 PM

That bookcase is really nice. I like it’s simple rustic nature. Well done.

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#6 posted 04-26-2016 03:44 PM

Thanks guys.

Wayne, the Flat sawn Cedar was very difficult, make that almost impossible. Trying to flatten across the board was a failure due to so much tear out. Edge planing was fine, but the face side was impossible. I had to ask a local cabinet shop to use their 15” planer to get the side panels to thickness. I ran the rest of the wood thru my benchtop planer.
The other issue was since the wood was not kiln dried, it came wet right from the sawmill, it took time to dry out. And some of it did cup and bow on me after processing the wood.
I would have preferred to use straight grain cedar, which the sawyer specializes in, but the cost was over $8 bdft.
I would use the cedar again, only if I could get the straight grain.

If you are planning on making one of these boarded bookcases, go for it, they are very quick and easy, but I would recommend using a light wood verses a darker wood, so that you get to appreciate the look of the wrought head nails.

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