Bookcase chair

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Project by anastacia_elon posted 08-13-2016 12:04 AM 1501 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This curved bookcase sent me using techniques, I never used before. Such as kerfing and veneering. The top seat was set at a 90 degree angle and the bottom at about 40 degrees. MY husband hated me with a passion on this build. I strategically placed boards/the shelving to support the bends. I did inset screws to connect the shelves and puttyed the holes. This was all covered with oak veneer. I didn’t stain the veneer, I just used a protective finish.

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#1 posted 08-13-2016 12:17 AM

WOW … did you do that ????............


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#2 posted 08-13-2016 12:50 AM

I used the kerfing method to bend the wood. Clamped down the curved pieces for 24 hours. I veneered to cover the cuts and the screws I used to connect all the boards.

-- LaShunda - No Final destination moments please !

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#3 posted 08-13-2016 12:57 AM

Wow…nice! How did you connect the dividers for the books? Do you have any picture of the “in progress” steps? Very interesting design.

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#4 posted 08-13-2016 01:23 AM

Clever modern and coool. Nice work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 08-13-2016 01:32 AM

Very unique piece of furniture with a creative approach to building it. I like it!!!

As I understand it, kerfing is a bunch of shallow cuts in parallel that allows the remaining material to bend. Is that correct? I also recall that it is done on the outside of the bend rather than the inside. Does kerfing cause the interior of the curve to be weakened? Or do you back fill the expanded openings with epoxy or something that makes a sold filler?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#6 posted 08-13-2016 01:40 AM

Very cool. Love the imagination.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 08-13-2016 02:07 AM

Thank you…. Earl yes, its several cuts cut deep enough to allow the wood to bend. The cuts must be crosscuts and they have to the same distance from each other. They must be done on the inside of the bend to allow the wood to bend and not crack. I don/t think the interior curve is weakened unless there are excessive gaps or if clamps are not used. You can use wood glue mixed sawdust, high performance adhesive or resin to fill in the gaps.

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#8 posted 08-13-2016 02:46 AM

Nice job!

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#9 posted 08-13-2016 08:20 AM

Very interesting technics, chair looks very comfortable and unique.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 08-13-2016 07:48 PM

It’s a very creative and unusual design. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 08-13-2016 10:00 PM

I like all aspects of that project!

Very well thought out and completed!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#12 posted 08-13-2016 11:05 PM

Guys thank you so much

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