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Project by Chris posted 01-10-2012 01:22 AM 1672 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project that I designed from the ground up. The case and shelves are 3/4 “Genuine” Mahogany ply while the face frame and shelf edging is African Mahogany. The entire project was dyed using Potassium Dichromate in order to get a color match between the two Mahogany species. The entire unit was constructed with Dominoes; this includes the assembly of the face frame and applying it to the case. The top coat is 3 applications of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Semi Gloss.

It was my first time making my own moldings which turned out to be one of the bigger challenges. I think mostly due to the smaller nature of the parts. I also designed the edging for the shelves to supply greater resistance to sagging, at least I hope it will….

The project was designed and rendered in Google SketchUp and I will gladly supply the model if anyone should desire.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein





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LukieB

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#1 posted 01-10-2012 01:40 AM

What’s Potassium Dichromate? Whatever it is, it worked great, that piece is beautiful and the color is amazing.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this http://www.melbrownfarmsupply.com"

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#2 posted 01-10-2012 01:41 AM

Turned out great. That mahogany really sings!

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

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Woodbridge

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#3 posted 01-10-2012 01:43 AM

congratluatons on a good design and a very nice bookcase. The edging on the shelves will certainly help stiffen them up and prevent sagging. Great job..

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 01-10-2012 02:17 AM

This is a wonderful bookcase Chris I really like the mahogany .

Lukie
Potassium dichromate is a chemical sometimes used on woods to give them a naturally aged look it works very well on cherry also.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Nik

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#5 posted 01-10-2012 03:08 AM

The mahogany turned out beautiful, and your bookcase exemplifies why its one of my favorite woods.
Great job on the bookcase.

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Chris

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#6 posted 01-10-2012 03:35 AM

Thanks everyone for the positive response… I had to experiment quite a bit with potassium dichromate solution to get the correct color balance between the two types of wood. I ended up with 1/4tsp p/cup of water. the two woods ended up matching almost perfectly.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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Hallmark

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#7 posted 01-10-2012 05:37 AM

Wonderful looking bookcase! Great color, style, workmanship and function. I think it’s a keeper.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#8 posted 01-10-2012 05:04 PM

Beautiful bookcase.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#9 posted 01-31-2012 05:38 AM

Beautiful bookcase. Any chance you’ll share the sketchup design with us?

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Chris

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#10 posted 01-31-2012 11:46 PM

Sure… Just send me a PM with the details and I’ll send it to you….

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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Chris

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#11 posted 01-31-2012 11:49 PM

Better Still! I had posted it on at WoodTalk Online. They have a SketchUp Forum

Just download it form there…

Chris

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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Martyroc

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#12 posted 02-26-2012 04:25 AM

Beautiful, the mahogany really looks greet, nice job

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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