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Project by Steve Erwin posted 01-01-2018 05:52 PM 614 views 8 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a set of bookshelves for my sister-in-law’s wedding gift. She got married in July and I finished them mid-December. I’ve been pretty busy planning our new house construction so… better late than never.

This was my first attempt at the keyed tenon joint and I was really impressed with how tightly that wedge pulls the joint together—strong enough to dent the wood slightly. I made a 7° jig for my brother’s plunge router to sit on, but that just served to remind me how much I can’t stand using routers. If I was feeling motivated enough I may have attempted the angled mortises by hand, but I just wanted the project done and off my to do list.

The finish is Stickley’s Onondaga.

Not sure what else to say about this one. They look nice in my living room… almost nice enough to keep for ourselves. I’m just waiting for a dry day to deliver it to her house.

-- I've been creating problems to solve since I was born. - http://honeydowoodworking.blogspot.com





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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 01-01-2018 07:51 PM

This is a beautiful piece, it came out great. The color and figure are stellar.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 01-01-2018 07:57 PM

A great gift and very nice work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 01-01-2018 08:09 PM

Very nice work. The keyed tenons definitely make a statement. It would be right at home with Stickley pieces.

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

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#4 posted 01-01-2018 10:14 PM

A fine looking Stickley bookcase—I’m sure the happy couple will really enjoy it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#5 posted 01-01-2018 10:25 PM

Steve, you did a great job with them. I especially like the ship lap backs; it will be a shame if they get covered with books. haha

-- Art

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#6 posted 01-01-2018 10:32 PM

Great job Steve. The keys and the finish are true Stickley….and I share your feelings on routers!

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#7 posted 01-01-2018 10:40 PM

Thanks for the kind words everybody.

Maybe one of you has some advice for me…

On the final step where I attempted to use “fancy” slotted brass screws for the backer boards, despite pre-drilling with an adequate diameter drill bit, I still managed to snap a few brass screws in their holes. Rather than drill them out and glue in toothpicks, cut them flush, and drill again, I decided to just put in steel phillips head screws. I can’t remember the last time one of those snapped on me.

I recall on my previous project, the flip top table, that I drove in steel screws first to cut the threads, making way for the brass screws. This along with waxing the brass screw threads before driving them home seemed to be the only way to get them to seat without snapping off.

Does anyone know a better / easier way?

-- I've been creating problems to solve since I was born. - http://honeydowoodworking.blogspot.com

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#8 posted 01-02-2018 12:21 AM


...

I recall on my previous project, the flip top table, that I drove in steel screws first to cut the threads, making way for the brass screws. This along with waxing the brass screw threads before driving them home seemed to be the only way to get them to seat without snapping off.

...

- Steve Erwin

This is the correct procedure for fitting brass screws, as I understand it. It may be a bit of a pain, but it works.

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#9 posted 01-02-2018 01:10 AM

Great looking bookcase!

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#10 posted 01-02-2018 01:30 AM

Bookcases came out beautiful, I’m sure they will be appreciated.

Solid brass screws are a pain, they will break under almost no torque it seems. I pre-drill all of the holes and drive them by hand. I like bar soap as a lubricant, rub a bit on the threads before driving the screws.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#11 posted 01-02-2018 02:22 PM

You did a fine job on these bookcases and they are very attractive.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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