Maple Book Rack

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Project by Jim Crockett (USN Retired) posted 09-19-2010 04:15 AM 3807 views 8 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a book rack to hold my woodworking books and references. This is the result of that need. Made of plain, hard maple. Finishing was two coats of Charles Neil’s Prestain/Blotch Control, followed by TransTint Dark Vintage Maple dye, wiped on. Then several coats of Armor Seal wipe-on polyurethane.

The sliding support piece has threaded inserts on the back and bottom so that you can adjust for any number of books by loosening brass knurled knobs that slide in grooves routed on the back and underside. My problem is that after I added the rest of my woodworking books, I didn’t have room for the support or for all the books. Guess it is already time to make another one, about 1-1/2 times as long as this one. That should do it for a while.

Design is from Woodsmith, Issue #163.


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#1 posted 09-19-2010 07:16 AM

really nice book shelf…....ya done good!!!

If ya ain’t goin’ to use this one after ya git your big’un finished…..send it my way!!!!

I can p.m. my address….(lol)

great job!!!!!

sorta looks like a mini church pew!!!!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#2 posted 09-19-2010 08:02 AM

Nice design. I like the sliding support.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 09-19-2010 12:48 PM

I too have a million trillion books, and there are never enough book shelves in my universe. I really like the simple, clean style of this little shelf- and I keep looking at it trying to see it in logs… how to build it using logs… hmmmmmmmm..

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#4 posted 09-19-2010 02:13 PM

very nice design!!! you should sell it to Ikea, as i can be flatpacked…
I might try to make one myself. hmmmm… i wonder if the threaded inserts can be replaced with some clever wedging….

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#5 posted 09-19-2010 04:36 PM

Really great design, clean and functional. Well done!

-- 4thumbs in MO

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#6 posted 09-19-2010 05:29 PM

Wow, this one is awesome! I’m currently finishing one that’s more like this one, which is easier to make, but yours looks fantastic.

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#7 posted 09-19-2010 05:40 PM

Looks great. I like the locking slider,well done!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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