cabinet / bookcase with doors in the shaker style

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Project by martin007 posted 10-28-2010 04:05 PM 4103 views 14 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I made this piece as a gift for my girlfriend. It is made from cherry, maple, and curly maple. All joinery were made with hand tools and the surface preparation was done with planes and scrapers. The moldings were shaped with a block plane and a profiled scraper. They are attached to the case side with dovetail keys. I turned the knobs in a mushroom shape, like the shakers did. The shelves are joined to the carcase with sliding tapered dovetails. The finish is “tried and true” BLO + varnish and wax. Knife hinges were used for the doors. This piece was inspired by Christian Becksvoort’ bookcase with glass doors who obviously got his inspiration from the shakers.


-- Martin, Gatineau, Qu├ębec

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#1 posted 10-28-2010 04:47 PM

I love those matching panels in the doors! Your girlfriend must be ecstatic!

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#2 posted 10-28-2010 04:49 PM

Looks really good!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#3 posted 10-28-2010 05:10 PM

Truly a labor of Love, very nice.

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#4 posted 10-28-2010 05:46 PM

Beautiful. Love the texture of the doors.

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#5 posted 10-28-2010 05:49 PM

That’s beautiful, man. I love subtle details you have here, like the mitered feet and the finish is outstanding

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#6 posted 10-28-2010 05:56 PM

love it. shaker design and figured woods make a great combination that is timeless IMHO. very nice work.

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#7 posted 10-28-2010 06:19 PM

Great bookcase here, with lots of loving details… and those bookmatched, curly maple door panels are beautiful!

-- 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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#8 posted 10-28-2010 06:36 PM

wow! what an awesome use of beautiful wood!!! great job!!!

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#9 posted 10-28-2010 06:40 PM

Great craftsmanship and attention to detail Martin. Wonderful piece. I have all of Christian’s books and really admire his work. This piece is right up there with his for sure. Thanks for the post.

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#10 posted 10-28-2010 06:51 PM

Absolutely stunning! I love the door panels.

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#11 posted 10-28-2010 07:16 PM

Wonderful work love the contrasting woods and design.

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#12 posted 10-28-2010 07:29 PM

Beautiful caninet.

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#13 posted 10-28-2010 09:53 PM


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#14 posted 10-28-2010 10:05 PM

The wood is wow and a wonderful job.

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#15 posted 10-28-2010 10:19 PM

Such a beautiful cabinet to make my 5000th comment on : )
Great use of the hand tools…You should be very proud of this piece !!

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