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Project by jackmoony posted 09-04-2012 06:17 PM 2638 views 14 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My parents have been looking for a new table for their family room for months, AND I had been looking for a new project to do! So I thought I’d surprise them with one of these Roycroft Bookshelfs. I found plans in sketchup on the internets and began about 2 weeks ago.

I really do love sketchup. Does anyone else do this? I find myself looking through my model and planning my next day’s tasks. I’ve even been able to avoid mistakes that I probably would have made on real wood had i not made the “practice” cuts, or “virtual” machine setups via the program. .

I was only going to make one, but decided to make 2 as an experiment. I wanted to see how much longer it would take to make that 2nd piece. As far as the cuts, I think it took only a fraction of the time. I made 3 jigs, and the setups for the mortises and tenons took up most of the time, so the second cuts were practically FREE. Sanding and finishing was a different story, as there aren’t really any short cuts…but I think it did take less time as it was an assembly line while sanding and finishing the parts.
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But what it did do was get me organized. I’m sure most of you guys already know the benefits of this, but I labeled parts early and often so I knew which part went where and which direction it was oriented. No wasted time re-identifying parts…

So here they are… I think they came out great. The last picture is with my mom.

Made from quarter sawn white oak.
And finished with…

- ammonia fuming (for 24 hours)
- 3 coats of shellac (garnett from dewaxed flakes)
- dark brown paste wax
- 1 coat of shellac
- 3 coats of minwax, wipe on poly. ( for tops and shelf tops)
- clear wax

-- Chris





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Brandon

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#1 posted 09-04-2012 07:05 PM

Wow, those are some beautiful shelves. I love all things Roycroft and just may have to add that one to the list of future projects. Thanks for posting!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 09-04-2012 07:39 PM

I’m not a finishing expert and am wondering if I read this correctly.
You have a coat of wax sandwiched between shellac coats ? How does that work ?
Thanks : )

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

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#3 posted 09-04-2012 08:11 PM

Wow, nice job! I really like the keyed tenons – what a great detail.
You did a great job on these shelves.

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

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tbone

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#4 posted 09-04-2012 10:34 PM

Beyond nice!

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

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#5 posted 09-04-2012 11:04 PM

Very, very nice—really like what you accomplished.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 09-04-2012 11:15 PM

excellent tables!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Kookaburra

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#7 posted 09-04-2012 11:58 PM

Oh, I like these. Those through tenons with the wedges make me smile. Looks like your mom is smiling too!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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Prplhrtjarhead

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#8 posted 09-05-2012 02:16 AM

Pretty.

-- "We'll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we'll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness." R. Reagan, "The Speech", 1964

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 09-05-2012 02:27 AM

Well done It looks pretty close to an original ( I own one) Besides the stain the only difference I can see is your top is thicker than the my original .

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#10 posted 09-05-2012 06:45 AM

I like the design. Great work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#11 posted 09-05-2012 01:53 PM

I design just about everything I make in SketchUp, so I know exactly where you’re coming from. Many a mistake has been caught prior to construction because of that. Though I find that sometimes I try to shortcut what I’ve done in the model and that ends up not working out how I’d like, but that’s just a product of my impatience or laziness.

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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#12 posted 09-05-2012 02:00 PM

Excellent work, looks great

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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jackmoony

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#13 posted 09-05-2012 02:04 PM

Hi All! Thanks to all of you who left comments. I really enjoy BUILDING the items, but you make sharing the results fun too. Thanks.

-- Chris

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jackmoony

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#14 posted 09-05-2012 02:11 PM

Dusty—Yes, that was my finishing schedule. Not sure if it was completely necessary, but I put the layer of shellac down to sit between the wax and the poly layer.

-- Chris

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#15 posted 09-05-2012 07:42 PM

The only thing that I could think of that would be better than a smiling mom, is a smiling wife and a smiling mom! Superb work.

-- The reason a dog has so many friends is because he wags his tail instead of his tongue."- author unknown.

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