Walnut and White Oak Bookshelf

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Project by nathanjackman posted 05-10-2012 02:27 PM 2079 views 13 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The thin posts were a pain the in….there was a knot right at the bend of one which moved all over the place.

Was running low on wood and used the raw edge for one of the shelves, which I actually ended up liking. Joinery was pretty easy, the biggest pain was actually the large cove on the top – which I did by angling the top over a table saw blade. Why I didn’t know was that this would result in end grain with looked like a 70’s carpet. Took me forever and a day to smooth it out.

Good lesson in hand plane and spokeshave use as well.

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#1 posted 05-10-2012 02:27 PM

Sorry it’s fuzzy – too lazy to rephotograph, natural wood edge which has become a fun detail.

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#2 posted 05-10-2012 02:43 PM

Looks great! Thanks for sharing.

Not sure why, but I think now I realize I don’t see white oak combined with walnut all that often.

Your own design? Did you do this in a class? Were your spokeshaves used for the curved legs?

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#3 posted 05-10-2012 02:52 PM

Like a contemporary green and green. :-)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 05-10-2012 02:52 PM

I got the general design from “Wood” I think (don’t quite remember), with some tweaking – breadboard ends on shelves and the side panels.

I love curved legs and usually just use a handplane at an angle but needed the spokeshave at a couple pointsbecause the curve was a little much – spokeshave was mostly on the bottom stretchers though.


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#5 posted 05-11-2012 04:27 AM

I like this piece, very clean and the one live edge adds character, nicely done.

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

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#6 posted 05-13-2012 04:53 PM

I really like this, graceful curves, nice contrast with the oak and then the beautiful walnut shelves, very nicely done.

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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#7 posted 05-13-2012 05:11 PM

With your permission I might steal your idea and make it my own for my library. :-)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 10-14-2013 09:03 PM

Love what you have done. I think you could carry some key aspects of your design into many other pieces and tie a whole room of furniture together. Nice work!

-- "The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides!" --Artur Schnabel

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