bookcase made with only handtools

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Project by michelletwo posted 1581 days ago 1656 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this bookcase about 20 years ago and I only used handtools. Scratch stock, raised panel plane, planes, tongue & groove plane, handsaws etc. As you can see, this has taken a beating over 20 yrs, but the northern white pine and eastern white pine have aged beautifully. 87” high 62”w 20” deep.

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#1 posted 1581 days ago

you have far more patience and perserverance then I do

Well done

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#2 posted 1581 days ago

beautiful piece! love the accents on the sides.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 1581 days ago

Absolutely beautiful.

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 1581 days ago

Beautifully done. I don’t think most of us can even comprehend not using power tools on our projects. Cabinetry done without power tools is quite a feat.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#5 posted 1581 days ago

Knowing how much work went into this makes it even more beautiful. Nice job!

-- James -

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#6 posted 1581 days ago


-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#7 posted 1581 days ago

It will be just as beautiful 200 years from now. The hardware is particularly nice, too. Your metalwork?

-- Grant, Tryon, NC

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#8 posted 1581 days ago

Wow. I did something of not nearly that “grandeur” with only a tablesaw once…. I am impressed. Lots of work.

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#9 posted 1579 days ago

Great bookcase Michelle. You get a great admiration and respect for what people could accomplish without the aid of power tools when you start using hand tools. I like that it forces a person to have to read the wood and become more aware of its imperfections. You get a better understanding of the wood and how the tools were used to create such beautiful pieces; all without having to listen to screaming power tools.

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#10 posted 1579 days ago

very nice job. it dosen’t look beat up.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#11 posted 1579 days ago

impressive work and I like the hardware too
is it your own design


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#12 posted 1579 days ago

unbelivevable work and only hand tools.

-- GAR

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#13 posted 1575 days ago

i don’t know how people can work with metal…look at that awesome that wood looks. nice job !!!

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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