|Project by Todd A. Clippinger||posted 04-10-2011 05:49 AM||4582 views||8 times favorited||25 comments|
I have limited time and needed to build a small book stand for our house. There are 2 style you can’t go wrong with and they are Arts & Crafts or Shaker.
I thought the Stickley #72 Magazine Stand would fit the bill perfectly. The original actually had an arch at the bottom of the side panel but I made it as drawn by Robert Lang in the book More Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture hence the side panel is straight on the bottom.
I have a stack of black walnut up on the shelf in my shop and I was determined to use only what I had on hand and not to buy any new material for this project. This worked out pretty good for the most part with a little exception.
You will notice that I included the knots and they are found on the 2 sides as well as a prominent location on the top. I was not afraid to include them at all. Careful placement utilizes such characteristics as an accent.
The stock for the legs had a lot of tension in it so the legs came out bowed and I could not tame them without using screws. I did place the direction of the bow in a manner that I would be able to tame the unruly shape by fastening the leg with screws to the shelves. I used trim head screws because they are small and so a 1/4 inch poplar dowel filled the hole. I did not have any maple dowels and stuck to my plan to use up material in my shop.
The finish is 3 coats of ML Campbell’s MagnaMax which is a pre-cat lacquer with amazing durability. I love the way it sprays, flows out, hangs on vertical surfaces when wet, and buffs out. I can do 2 – 3 coats in an hour depending on shop temperature.
Black walnut tends to fade over time so I stained it with a custom color that is not too dark so it looks very natural. I used Sherwin Williams BAC wiping stain. It dries to topcoat with a lacquer finish in 30 minutes. I don’t mess around with a 24 hour dry time like most stains offer. I have limited time and I need to get projects done and out of the shop.
All things considered, mission accomplished. I reduced the pile of stock in the shop and now we have a small bookcase.
And one more thing, I proved to Rita that I CAN finish a project for our house;)
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-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com