Craftsman Bookcase

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Project by schroeder posted 07-11-2010 03:14 AM 5886 views 20 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this for my niece, Craftsman Bookcase – Designed in Sketchup, Vertical grain White Oak, with Ebony accents and Black Walnut Breadboards for the shelves and handles – I used a thining technique developed by the Greene Bros to make the thick shelves appear thinner than they actually are – they rocked! – finished with ammonia fuming, sealer, poly and wax . Very loosely based on Woodsmith plan. It turned out great even if I do say so myself.

Way fun to build!


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#1 posted 07-11-2010 03:16 AM

Just gorgeous! I love it! Very nice build, Schroeder.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 07-11-2010 03:22 AM

Really well designed and built

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#3 posted 07-11-2010 03:32 AM

Spectacular project !!

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 07-11-2010 03:37 AM

Clean, sharp, great looking project. I need one of those, very nice.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 07-11-2010 03:46 AM

Beautiful work ,what a fantastic piece, just plain WOW

-- wood crafting & classes

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#6 posted 07-11-2010 03:47 AM

Great looking bookcase for a pretty girl. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 07-11-2010 03:48 AM

Beautiful, love the Art & Crafts style and this one is great!

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#8 posted 07-11-2010 03:57 AM

You are correct, it did turn out great. Love the details…

-- Jim, Nebraska

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#9 posted 07-11-2010 04:11 AM

What talent, just beautiful, lucky girl to get this gift.

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#10 posted 07-11-2010 05:16 AM

Beautiful Schroeder. She looks very happy.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#11 posted 07-11-2010 08:48 AM

As always…great job…love your work…well done.

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#12 posted 07-11-2010 09:20 AM

Beautiful work. I’m sure that your niece will enjoy it for years to come.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#13 posted 07-11-2010 11:10 AM

Amazing piece. Your niece looks over the moon. Great build.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 07-11-2010 02:26 PM

That is a beautiful bookcase! I love the shelf and accent details.

Way to show off that grain too.

How did you anchor the back thin rail strips? Are they mortised in to the sides, or just doweled together? Guess you made this to be view from all angles since you’ve added ebony plugs to (what would appear to be) the dowels in the back.

Again, great work!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#15 posted 07-11-2010 03:11 PM

Thanks all! – This was a great project, it’s always nice to me to build a “stand alone” piece as opposed to a batch of chairs or something. A bookcase or a bench has to stand on it’s own.

Jonathan : The back/sides are bookmatched 3/8” slats. I used a 1/8” lap joint and glued the centers only. I used brass screws to secure to allow the glue to dry – And I just like the look of brass with oak. There are no mechanical fasteners in the piece, (I’m a bit of a traditionalist that way) all mortise & tenon, sawtooth shelf holders and rabbited joints. The Ebony pegs are decorative only. I did design the piece to be viewed from all sides or against a wall. I’m trying to step my game up a bit, I’m building fewer pieces, but trying newer techniques that trend more towards “art” rather than functional. This method takes (me) much more time, but I’m not making a living building furniture, so I can afford to try and improve my skills for now.
Thanks again!,

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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