|Project by Konquest||posted 04-12-2011 06:31 AM||3769 views||17 times favorited||23 comments|
I wanted to create bookcases (there is a twin to this one) for a commission that tied together traditional home office cabinetry with transitional decor in the rest of the house. To that end, I made a carcase out of walnut veneered ply, shelved dadoed into the sides, and edged with 1.5” wide solid edging with a cove profile. The frame and panel sides were applied over the carcase and routed flush to the face frame. The panels are my nicest figured walnut lumber, resawn and bookmatched. The top is 4/4 figured walnut glued up. I intentionally chose a piece to highlight the contrasting sapwood/heartwood, as opposed to trying to dye it.
The molding: I have been experimenting with making bandings lately using scraps of exotic woods from previous projects. I laminated a sandwich of alternating zebrawood, maple, walnut, koa, and bloodwood, then sliced it off in 1/8” end grain strips, which were then applied to an MDF substrate and edged in more walnut. I made a picture frame first using this technique as a way to practice for the bookcases.
The whole thing is finished with semi-gloss Arm-R-Seal. 5 coats on the top, 3 everywhere else.
-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.