Book rack

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Project by Grantman posted 01-02-2012 04:23 AM 1680 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have too many books on my nightstand and stacked in the corner of the bedroom. I saw this Stickley inspired book rack in one of the woodworking magazines and thought it would be a great addition. Rather than use the quarter-sawn white oak that Arts and Crafts furniture is usually made of, I did it in curly maple. My second experience with this wood.

I think the grain popped better with this than with my side table…it’s much more subtle.

Now, the only problem is finding the right spot for it.

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#1 posted 01-02-2012 04:28 AM

This looks fantastic!

I am currently working on a box out of curly maple and am wondering what finish did you use on this???

Keep up the great work.


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#2 posted 01-02-2012 05:20 AM

Bob – thanks for stopping by. I first used a 1/2 lb. cut of de-waxed shellac with some Transart tint (or whatever it’s called) mixed in. I don’t know the ratio because the first time I did it, I mixed it too strong so I diluted it with some alcohol.

Then I simply used a 2 lb. cut of super blond de-waxed shellac in three coats sanding with 320 or 400 grit paper in between coats and buffed with 0000 steel wool. Then the final coat is paste wax. Check out the side table I did and you’ll see the difference in the more dilute dye as compared to the original.

I also did most of the finishing before assembly. I put blue tape on the tenons and stuffed foam weather stripping into the mortises. before I started. I highly recommend this for any curly maple work.

Good luck with your project. I’ve found curly maple a bear to work with but a fantastic look when complete.

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#3 posted 01-02-2012 05:40 AM

Wow way cool book rack.

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#4 posted 01-02-2012 05:44 AM

Looks very nice, love the grain. Very functional looking!

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#5 posted 01-05-2012 04:04 PM

This is fantastic! I love the look of the curly maple. A couple of days I was thinking that I needed a magazine rack too and then I opened a project book (bookshelves) and coincidently opened it right up to the plan for this magazine rack. The only differences were my plan had the top two shelves being joined using biscuits instead of separate fronts and backs as well as the there were no through tenions. The shelves were joined to the end pieces using biscuits too.

I like your version better. Unfortunately for me, I have already started assembling and can’t change at this point and I’m using left over pine shelving to clear some space in my garage.

-- Bennie Woods, USS FRANK CABLE, GUAM

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