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Project by jmos posted 785 days ago 2061 views 10 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bookcase was from a PW plan. I had the article in a PW Arts & Crafts book, and bought the plan from Bob Lang’s website http://craftsmanplans.com/Furniture%20Plans_4.htm Good plan overall; I had a couple of questions that Bob answered very quickly when I emailed him. Did find one problem; there was an error in the dimensions of the door parts, and I ended up milling the door twice. If you use these plan take a real hard look at the door part dimensions.

The bookcase is 57.5” tall, 32.5” wide, and 13” deep, the top is 36” wide and 14” deep.

The bookcase is made from quarter sawn white oak. Top, shelves, bottom, and sides are laminated from narrower stock. There are 4 through tenons at the bottom. The face has a few details to give some dimension; the angled blocks at the top, the long raised strips down each side of the front, and a raised strip at the bottom.

The back is a frame and ship lapped panel. The door has one intermediate stile and two intermediate rails that are half lapped together. All the door and face frame joints are mortise and tenon.

The lower door glass is plain window glass. The upper panes are also window glass, but made out of 4 pieces and joined with the copper foil method. I still need to get some black patina to knock down the shiny solder lines.

The finish came out a bit darker than I intended, but I’m happy with it. Used a dye and a glazing stain, then finished with shellac.

I have to say QSWO was more difficult to work than I expected; lots of use of the cabinet scraper. Most all my planes caused some degree of tear out.

This is far from perfect, but there aren’t any glaring errors. Overall I’m pretty happy with this, and so is the Wife.

-- John





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oldnovice

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#1 posted 785 days ago

I love the look! The quarter sawn oak makes this an outstanding piece! What mistakes? I enlarged the images and saw nothing that looked like a mistake!

You know this is the third project in less than an hour ….. do you have some elves in you shop?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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jmos

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#2 posted 785 days ago

Thanks!

I finally decided I should post projects, lest someone ask whether I’ve actually ever built anything! This was the last one, I did this from February to June this year.

I’m always my own worst critic. Mistakes, there are some brush marks from the staining, and few runs on the edges of the top. The through mortises could be tighter. I accidentally drilled a hole on the inside of the door when I was fitting the lock (I left that). I mostly planed and scraped, little sanding, and I found a few place where there is still some planer/jointer chatter I missed. Minor stuff that I see, but I’m pretty happy all in all.

My next project is a blanket chest, probably won’t have that done until sometime it the Fall after the kids go bask to school.

-- John

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Woodbridge

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#3 posted 785 days ago

That is a great looking bookcase. Nice details, I like the look of the ship lapped back in the photo with the door open, and the 4 panel top glass. overall a great look.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 785 days ago

Beautiful job.

Lee

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Dusty56

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#5 posted 785 days ago

”knock down the shiny solder lines.
That was going to be my only question about the piece.
Wonderfully done project : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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MarkTheFiddler

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#6 posted 785 days ago

Nicely done sir. Classic look. It’s refreshing (or disturbing) to see that my betters are still struggling with perfection. I suppose that the moment you are happy with everything you do as an artist is also the moment you stop improving.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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jmos

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#7 posted 785 days ago

Thank you for the kind comments.

-- John

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pintodeluxe

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#8 posted 785 days ago

Beautiful case! True to form in the A & C style.
Well done indeed.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Beginningwoodworker

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#9 posted 785 days ago

Beautiful bookcase.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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workerinwood

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#10 posted 785 days ago

Very nice, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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mloy365

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#11 posted 784 days ago

Nice, very nice!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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tbone

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#12 posted 784 days ago

It’s easy to darken that leaded glass solder. If there’s a glass craft store nearby, just buy a small bottle of ‘patina’. wipe it on and wipe it off—instant aging.

That’s a great looking piece of furniture.

-- Kinky Friedman on gay marriage: "They should have the right to be just as miserable as the rest of us."

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tenontim

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#13 posted 784 days ago

Great job, John. Nice attention to details. I think the color looks good, for an A&C piece, although a lot of folks like these pieces lightened up. Ditto what Tbone said. Also, I’ve found errors in a few of Lang’s drawings. If you ever decide to build his bow arm Morris chair, don’t use his measurements, unless you’re making the chair for a small person or child. Thanks for the post.

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jmos

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#14 posted 784 days ago

Thanks Guys.

I did stained glass as a hobby for years. Had to break out all my old tools that I haven’t looked at in 10 years. Pretty much everything was there, and in working order; I had copper patina, but no black. Just need time to get to the stained glass supply store.

-- John

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hickeymad

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#15 posted 261 days ago

What? Bob Lang’s plans had an error? How unusual…
Nice job though. Too bad you had to turn some nice oak into firewood in order to make it. I think Bob is in cahoots with the lumber industry to sell us more lumber.

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