Here are a few examples of my of my wood-art bookshelves. They are made mostly from spalted american red gum (satin walnut), red oak limbs, spalted sycamore (lace wood). The most difficult thing in making these shelves is the joinery that it utilized in the placement of the branches or limbs that intersect the opposing components of the shelves. Everything is dowled together. The alignment of the parts is what is critical in the overall appearance in viewing from all anglles. The branches appear to have grown naturally through the shelves. Working out the jig to use to cut the branches was the most difficult avenue. Once that was done, the same jig was used on a stationary disk sander to finish to close tollarance. Next came the dowling of the branches to add the strength needed in holding it all together. The basic part of the shelf is just simple mortise & tenon. The leaves were mostly done useing walnut or or blue spalted red gum. Thats where the power carving comes in. I used to carve leaves, like these, by hand with my pocket knife. An air-powered die grinder is the must have tool for this after roughing out on a band saw. I use poly-urathanes for my finishes and when it is completed it has a hand rubbed satin finish appearance that is smooth to the touch.
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