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Project by sandhill posted 2408 days ago 3034 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 4 weeks ago I was going through some of my more recent WOOD magazines and came across issue 180 Nov 2007. I have a lot of 4/4 Red Oak so I thought “So why not build this, what could it take, A week?) So I set off to build it. After a LOT of gluing up 2 and 3 boards to around 13” X 55” then planning them to 3/4” I was ready to start the fun stuff, squaring and dimensioning to the final sizes of the “Materials List” ; not such an easy task! First I thought it was me, and then I thought it was the tools out of square, and then I realized it was the wood. I never saw such movement in wood. It grew 1/16” in a matter of one week, I cut it again then a week later is was 1/8” to short, so I glued up a few more plus some extras. Well I checked and tweaked all my tools, sharpened my chisels now I was ready to do battle with the Red Oak. I am posting some photos of the first dry fit I did plus some photos of the Rough sawn lumber (Red Oak) I am using for this project. After I get a little closer to completion I will post some more for viewing. I sure hope this thing comes out good. I have learned a lot doing this project and the education has been valuable thus far.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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#1 posted 2408 days ago

Looks like a mighty good start. Keep posting your progress.

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#2 posted 2408 days ago

Looking good so far! Yea, wood moves.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 2408 days ago

That wood is only short one end but you will get there.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 2408 days ago

Yes I agree that wood moves. It can be frustrating. I have roughed out pieces in the past and let them sit for a couple of week to acclimate and still have some parts move and twist after cutting to final size. (These were originally kiln dried and stored in my shop for over two years before I started working on them.) At times working with wood can be frustrating to say the least. I wonder why Norm never has this problem on his shows?

Keep us posted on your woodworking journey.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 2408 days ago

Looks good. I’m envious of that stash of oak.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Grant Davis

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#6 posted 2408 days ago

Looking forward to seeing this thru to completion

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#7 posted 2404 days ago

I got some shop time in so I thought I would post some more pic’s of the progress. The weather has changed a bit and everything went back to what it was when I cut it but only after it was sanded and wiped down with mineral spirits I guess the sanding operation helped the boards fit better in the dadoes & the rabbits are all on the back so I am not real concerned about those. I logged on to to see how to make a fairing stick so I could make the front and back arches and really enjoyed using the band saw with the ceramic guides I had a post about them and how they worked for re-sawing, which works well for me. So here are the photos as promised.


Part of the case glued up

Prepairing for the faux tenons

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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#8 posted 2402 days ago

The back of the book case calls for 1/4” plywood but I don’t want to use plywood. Does anyone know if I would have a problem with sold boards this size (1/4”T X 4W +” X54”H) I would use a lap joint vertically no glue, do you think it would buckle, twist or warp? It’s too late to cut the dadoes deeper because the case is assembled. I guess I could make the back boards thicker and cut dadoes tat the top and bottom but that would not look good IMO.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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#9 posted 2382 days ago

Here is the sort of finished book case. The glass was a sticker shock $200+/-, reason being is it is art glass and it is tempered. The hardware was around $50 bucks as well so it will be a while before I can order it.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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#10 posted 2382 days ago

Did you go with the ply back?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#11 posted 2382 days ago

Yes I had the rabbits all cut at 1/4” and did not want to resaw 4/4” red oak to 3/8”. I think it would have given me a problem as far as being stable. . The doors are just sitting there in place until the hardware come but the glass will have to wait.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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#12 posted 2382 days ago

Looks great!

-- Paul, Texas

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#13 posted 2104 days ago

Thats a nice Mission Bookcase.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#14 posted 2104 days ago

Thanks, the plans were in an old issue of a magazine it was fun to build and as allways you learn as you build each project.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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