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Sculpted Purpleheart Bookcase

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Project by jimfurnituremaker posted 01-21-2011 05:10 PM 1721 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Sculpted Purpleheart Bookcase
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For this bookcase I wanted a sculpted style and to accomplish this I laminated many router-cut pieces for the vertical sides and applied a facade of arches across the shelves to continue the sculpted design. Purpleheart is a very hard wood, as I learned, and is maybe not the best choice if significant abrasive shaping will be required!

-- Jim, North Carolina,http://jro-furnituremaker.com/home.html





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mfike

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#1 posted 01-21-2011 06:14 PM

Really cool design. I’ve never seen a bookcase like this. I like it a lot. good job

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learnin2do

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#2 posted 01-21-2011 08:01 PM

I like the shaping too! -yes, purple heart has spent a few of my tool attachments!

-- christine

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#3 posted 01-21-2011 08:58 PM

very original!

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#4 posted 01-21-2011 09:28 PM

yeah – great work on the design. never though to use frames as a facade like that.

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aperkins

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#5 posted 01-23-2011 11:47 PM

Great design and beautiful wood, too. Must be a very sturdy (and heavy) bookshelf!

-- Andrew, Western MA, http://www.scrimshaw.com

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#6 posted 09-16-2012 03:20 PM

Do you have any more pictures or details like size and finish to share with us ? Thanks : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 09-16-2012 05:03 PM

Dusty56: This bookcase is 44” H x 11.5” D x 70” W. The curvy ends were made by template routing 14 pieces for each, then joining these with adhesive. Final shaping was done with various sanders. Be prepared to spend a lot of time doing this unless the registration of the laminations is better than mine was! The shelves are attached using tapered sliding dovetails. The facade arcade pieces were then attached. I don’t remember the finish but most likely it was a polyurethane varnish. Does this help?
Jim

-- Jim, North Carolina,http://jro-furnituremaker.com/home.html

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Dusty56

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#8 posted 09-16-2012 08:36 PM

Yes it does help with only one dark picture and no scale to reference it by : ) Thank you

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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