|Project by dmisita||posted 07-28-2016 01:15 AM||702 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
My 7 year-old daughter has been badly in need of a bookcase for her bedroom. Books were literally (get it???) strewn all over her room.
I designed this bookcase as an homage to my friend and teacher Michael Pekovich, the art director of Fine Woodworking magazine. A few weeks back, I completed a class at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking in which we built Mike’s design for the Essential Tool Chest. Like many of Mike’s designs it features proud dovetails and square through tenons. He says it is a nod to the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi, acceptance of the impermanence of beauty. I will not attempt to parrot Mike’s explanation, but rather I recommend taking a class with him some time.
While building the tool chest carcase, I kept noting how much it reminded me of a bookcase. So, I chose to build a bookcase using the same design elements. Two fixed shelves held in place with through tenons, and proud through dovetails at the top.
The case is built from butternut that I had in my shop. I needed the piece to match her existing furniture, so I used two coats of Minwax Red Chestnut stain which is then coated with 4 coats of shellac. (I’ve attached a picture of what the unstained wood looked like.). The back boards are pine which I shiplapped and beaded by hand with a block plane.
The through tenons and tails were cut on the bandsaw freehand. The pins were cut by hand with a dovetail saw, and the mortises for the through tenons were first drilled out and then chopped out by hand.
I think my daughter liked her new bookcase based upon her note.