Honduran Mahogany Bookcase

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Project by jakesdad posted 1698 days ago 1264 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bookcase is for my son who is 3 and has about 300 that just barely fit. The angle of the photos makes it look top-heavy, but it sits solidly. This Honduran lumber was slightly porous and I thought about using a grain filler and stain to really smooth it over, but couldn’t bring myself to alter the natural finish of the wood. Obviously not too complicated of a design….only a sliding dovetail for the bottom shelf, shelf pins, and biscuits for the top…. just a simple case with great wood.

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#1 posted 1698 days ago

I love mahogany, especially Honduran. Though it is getting harder to come by. Nice job though it does look like the the sides were turned upside down. Happy New Year.

-- The safest place to be is within the will of God. God Bless. Michael

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#2 posted 1698 days ago

Clean, nicely executed and the simple design really sets off that beautiful wood.
The finish sure shows that awesome grain.

Nice Job.

-- Having fun...Eric

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#3 posted 1698 days ago


-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#4 posted 1698 days ago

Nice job! The finish looks great!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 1698 days ago

beautiful finish job. love that grain.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#6 posted 1698 days ago

Beautiful work. I love that you went with a natural finish instead of staining. Stain is so good at hiding the natural beauty of wood and I almost never use it on anything myself.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#7 posted 1698 days ago

Great job the finish is beautifull.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#8 posted 1697 days ago

Very nice job. Gotta love that mahogany.

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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#9 posted 1697 days ago

unique design beautiful

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 1697 days ago

Beautiful bookcase. Nice to hear of a 3 year old with more books than video games. My 3 year old daughter has a lot of books also and when she is not looking at them we try and keep her busy with other things than the tv and video games. Might be hard since we picked up a Wii for x-mas.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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