Craftsman Bookcase

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It’s been quite some time since I posted on LJ’s, so I thought I’d put a couple of the projects that I’ve been working on over the last few months. This is a Craftsman Style Book case, based on the Stickley #719, but only half as wide. My client wanted two of these, rather than one big one. It’s made of quarter sawn white oak. It as through mortise and tenon joinery, shiplap back and 8 individual glass lites in each door. Finished it with an aniline dye and tung oil and varnish. This case is 36”w x 15”d x 60”h.

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#1 posted 1331 days ago

Your client had a good idea. This is a nicer size than 1 large wide one.(Only my opinion)
I ‘ve been trying to buy an old antique “Lawyers bookcase” for years. Never want to pay what people are paying. This might be my alternative.
Thanks for Posting.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#2 posted 1331 days ago

Hi Tim,

Excellent job. Very nice, indeed.


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#3 posted 1331 days ago

Tim: A mighty fine looking cabinet. What was the size of the original #719?

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

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#4 posted 1331 days ago

Tim, thats a nice looking bookcase.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#5 posted 1331 days ago

That is a really beautiful piece of woodworking Tim. Thanks for posting it…

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#6 posted 1331 days ago

Thanks everyone. Karson, the #719 was 60”w x 15”d x 60”h.

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#7 posted 1331 days ago

Another great work of art! Congrats.

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

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#8 posted 1331 days ago

Now i am itchin to build something with quarter sawn white oak…never used it before looks great


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#9 posted 1331 days ago

Nice project all around…BC

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#10 posted 1331 days ago

Very impressive Tim a really nice bookshelf.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 1331 days ago

Beautiful bookcase – The proportions worked out very well. A lot easier to move one this size as well! Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 1331 days ago

What a great design. 15” deep is big enough for almost any book, and having two to flank a fireplace or an arched passage way would be very attractive. I hope your client displays them as a pair and not in different rooms or something. You did a very nice job on these, with a beautiful finish. Thanks for showing them off.


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#13 posted 1331 days ago

Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#14 posted 1331 days ago

Looking reel good,will fit perfekt in my shop :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#15 posted 1331 days ago

Very nice. Did you use a router bit to cut the ship lap or table saw? I have a plan to make some barrister book cases…that look very similar to this style…..was thinking of making a set for my office….and that is the first book case I have seen that fits the style. Did you use a standard profile on the post and stiles? My plan calls for an ogee profile but I prefer more simpler profile.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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