Arts and Crafts magazine rack / bookcase (raw)

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Project by jpl posted 1709 days ago 2875 views 10 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have completed the joinery and assembly, but need to finish the piece. Wanted it upload it because it’s been so long since I last posted.

This was a quickie, now that I am becoming proficient. Having a week off between jobs helped out a lot! I wanted a place to store all our magazines, that harmonized with the A&C chair, lamp and desk I have in our little sunroom. I collected the quartersawn white oak over the span of several months. Everything is M&T, mix of power and hand tools. Mostly hand tools. No plan, just drew out what I wanted to have and let the project take it’s own course. I can’t recall if I actually measured anything out – just made things fit.

It’s nice when things just work out.

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#1 posted 1709 days ago

That is beautiful piece of home furniture very nicely done!
Great work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 1709 days ago

A very nice piece of Arts and Crafts furniture. I like the way you did the shelves with the through tennons.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 1709 days ago

Nice work!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#4 posted 1709 days ago

Very nicely done.

-- Oshkosh, Wisconsin

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#5 posted 1709 days ago

You did a very nice job building the magazine rack. Quarter sawn oak is one of my favorite woods.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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Vincent Nocito

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#6 posted 1709 days ago

Very nice. How do you plan to finish the project?

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#7 posted 1709 days ago


My usual QSWO plan is to follow Jeff Jewitt’s guidelines – raise the grain with distilled water, lightly sand, TransTint water-based dye (yellow + brown) to give a bright tone to the rays, then seal with Waterlox sealer. Next, several glaze coats of Bartley’s american/golden oak stain (sometimes I’ll use a walnut stain to get the wood darker). Finish with several coats of Waterlox satin.

I thought about fuming, but not enough room in my little workshop, and potentially dangerous. Besides, as an artist / craftsperson, I enjoy the process of taking the raw wood to the finished state, both in terms of joinery and finish.

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#8 posted 1708 days ago

Nicely done!

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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#9 posted 1708 days ago

This is a great piece of functional art. I’d love to do something like this. I love the style and you did a fantastic job.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#10 posted 1708 days ago

Great work and a very nice design too. Arts and crafts is one of my favorite styles. I also like your “rock” wall in the background. It made me think right away that you were an artist as well as a woodworker, and you confirmed it in your comments.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 1708 days ago

Beautiful project. How about doing a blog showing the steps in the finishing process. I’ve read about Jewitt’s mission finish, but haven’t seen good pictures of the steps.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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#12 posted 1698 days ago

That’s pretty much how I do things. When I try to draw things out, it looks like poorly executed stick figures that I can’t even figure out the next day.

Your mag rack looks gr8.

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#13 posted 1303 days ago

Very nice! I especially like the look of the through tenons on the ends of the shelves.

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