Pecan bookcases

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Project by routahgirl posted 02-26-2012 11:30 PM 3219 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After nearly two years conditioning in the shop and another year in construction, I finally brought my pecan bookcases in the office, yay! Solid pecan construction, with sliding dovetails, mortised face frames and tops/bottoms, routed moldings, shiplapped backs, and ogee bracket feet. Remind me to take on a single something for my next project! Lol.

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#1 posted 02-26-2012 11:49 PM

Very classy. Great job!

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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#2 posted 02-26-2012 11:51 PM

Beautiful, Pecan has such a nice golden tone to it , and you captured it well.

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

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#3 posted 02-26-2012 11:58 PM

These turned out just gorgeous, routahgirl! Nicely done :) And hey, hopefully the fellas can keep their tongues in their mouths this time around so you’ll get more woodworking related comments and critiques! ;)

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#4 posted 02-27-2012 12:04 AM

These are great very nice job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 02-27-2012 12:11 AM

routahgirl, you rock. I’m trying to convince my Central Michigan University Cheerleader daughter that it’s OK for girls to enjoy woodworking. She’s actually taking a college class now on tool basics, and is figuring out that she’s pretty good. Your work is certain to be an inspiration for her. Thanks for your post!

-- Tom Huntley - Rochester Hills, Michigan

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#6 posted 02-27-2012 01:38 AM

Beautiful bookcases. This pecan wood really look nice.

-- Yves

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#7 posted 02-27-2012 02:09 PM

Beautiful! And inspiring.

-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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#8 posted 02-27-2012 02:24 PM

very nice! and solid PECAN! bet that is strong!.


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#9 posted 02-27-2012 02:55 PM

Nice book shelves. How many splinters did you pick out of those pretty bare feet?

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#10 posted 02-28-2012 02:18 AM

Oh, they are strong, all right! And heavy! These three replaced the two mdf cases we had for 7 years prior, which of course were sagging beneath the weight of our reference volumes and my ww files. I did everything I could to maximize the amount of weight they could bear. Narrower, thicker, solid facings, tight joinery. Now if something cracks . . . ! :) I blew it on the feet, made the bases too sharp an edge. But after surfacing, routing, coving, scraping, sanding, mitering, and gluing up 12 ogee bracket feet—they were going to have to do!

Thanks for the encouragement. :)

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#11 posted 02-28-2012 04:42 AM

When I saw “Pecan”, I said she must live in Texas. State tree, one in every yard. I was right. Great looking project. I know you are proud and glad it’s finished. If I had a nickel for every time I passed by an old pecan tree, I’d have a lot of nickels.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#12 posted 02-28-2012 05:00 AM

Nice build neighbor !

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#13 posted 02-28-2012 07:29 PM

Very nice cases. How much did you have to pay the supermodel to pose next to them?

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#14 posted 02-28-2012 08:51 PM

Routagirl, these bookcases are very nice and nicely done. From what I can see of it your shop looks real nice too. With your woodworking talent you ought to spend more time on Lumberjocks. Soooo, welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 10-17-2012 06:12 PM

Great Job!!! keep building

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