|Project by brianl||posted 02-12-2011 12:31 AM||1630 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
I was looking around for an easy all-hand-tool project that would allow me to get my feet back in the water. After searching, I found a simple bookcase I thought would be easy enough to do. I ran by Boulter Plywood over in Somerville and got a decent price on some beautifully figured walnut to start.
The design is from Glen Huey’s article I can do that - simplified Stickley bookcase. For those of you who haven’t tried any of the “I Can Do That” series, they’re great learning projects that require a minimum of tools. In my case, I have the handtools, just not the knowledge (coming from a powertools background).
All of the joinery is pocket-screws. The cutouts and rounded corners were all done with a coping saw. All of the ripping and cross-cutting was done with handsaws. An assortment of handplanes (6,4, and 2) handled the jointing and smoothing of pieces. Finally, three 1LB cut coats of garnet shellac was rubbed on and finished with dark brown Briwax applied with 0000 steel wool. I used 1LB cut after I tried a 2LB cut and repeatedly got lap marks. I learned that I should always shellac a piece before assembly when it’s all flat. Shellac-ing around corners and in tight spaces is a pain!
I think this was a great experience for me to practice my newly-acquired hand tool skills and I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out.
-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts