Red oak/ Walnut bookcase

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Project by Michael posted 07-22-2010 11:21 PM 2456 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My brother had asked me to build him a simple bookcase for his new house, guess he forgot that I dont do simple. I looked at a few bookcases on the internet and drew up some plans myself. The raised panels are walnut with red oak rail and stile’s, the shelves are oak plywood. My brother stated that he would like to have drawers in the piece so after I drew the intial plans I had to go back and add those in. The thing measures 39” in width, 13” depth, and about 54” in height. The thing that took the most time was probably running those raised panels on my 2hp router :) (3 passes/side).Best part of this is that I managed to constuct the thing with using only 2 nails and a few screws to fasten the legs. The joinery includes sliding dovetails, dados, rabbits, or some sort of lap joint. I finished the thing with my normal 3 coats of oil based poly sanding between coats.

thanks for looking

go eers!

-- "A woodworking project is either a masterpiece or a POS" Dr. Lang

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#1 posted 07-23-2010 12:01 AM

Very very nice . I’m thinking you have one happy brother.

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#2 posted 07-23-2010 12:20 AM

2 nails and a few screws!!! i love it :) beautiful piece, i’m sure your brother will be well pleased!

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#3 posted 07-23-2010 01:18 AM

Nice book case If you’re brother decides he doesn’t want it send it over I got a spot all picked out….lol….......................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#4 posted 07-23-2010 02:47 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#5 posted 07-23-2010 02:57 AM

Beautiful great job.

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#6 posted 07-23-2010 12:56 PM

Nice work!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 07-23-2010 01:18 PM

Nice design, I like the contrast of woods.

-- Doug...

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#8 posted 07-23-2010 03:55 PM

Thank all of you for your comments. It was a rewarding project. I’ve already got a couple of orders to build other people similar ones, now if they’ll just give me 40% up front I may just have a few more to post on here.

-- "A woodworking project is either a masterpiece or a POS" Dr. Lang

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#9 posted 08-12-2010 01:28 PM

Nice piece. Matches the flooring well too.

-- Life is good.

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