Stickley Style Bookcase & Shaker Bench

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Project by Todd A. Clippinger posted 2732 days ago 4081 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have made a couple of these Stickley style bookcases. They are real classics. The plans for these came from Popular Woodworking I believe.

The Shaker Bench is the first one I ever did. This bench is the only one that I put a stretcher under the drawers. I never did it again because it is not needed and it really lightened them up visually.

In the third and fourth photo you can see that the cutout of the leg is a tapered cut with a square top. The ones that followed have an elliptical arch instead.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Roger Strautman

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#1 posted 2732 days ago

Todd, very nice once again.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#2 posted 2732 days ago

I love the look of these – very very much.
The last pix—oh yah.. uh huh uh huh.. this has GOT to be sitting at my back door within the year. Oh yah.. LOVE it.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Mark A. DeCou

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#3 posted 2732 days ago

great pieces. Keep posting, I’m hooked.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#4 posted 2732 days ago

Todd. the bookcase really appeals to me. And Debbie is right, that last picture sets the scene perfectly. What a great touch you have, my friend!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#5 posted 2732 days ago

Another great project! I hope you’re able to keep a few of these pieces in your own home, and aren’t ending up like the proverbial cobblers children!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#6 posted 2732 days ago

Uh, you can put those in the living room. Right over there by the couch.

They are very nice!

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 2726 days ago

hey phil here,i made that same bookcase,I seen it in pop.wood.

-- Phil, Chattanooga,TN

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Ethan Sincox

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#8 posted 2726 days ago


Don’t you just love the rich color of cherry? Looks great.

Are you using a Miller Dowel system there? Or are those plugs? If the former, care to write up a little bit on your use of it? I’ve always been tempted to use the system out, but never wanted to take the plunge until I heard more about it from someone who has used it (hopefully successfully).

-- Ethan,

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#9 posted 2726 days ago

I have made 2 of these and I did experiment with joinery a bit. I used the Miller Dowel system on one, I didn’t care for it much. I am not sure I trust it. The second one I used screws and capped them with maple plugs. That I trust. Of course I used them appropriate to the expansion of the wood. I am not opposed to the use of screws in my woodworking, just never sheetrock screws. They are crap.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#10 posted 2726 days ago

Very nice, Todd. Like Scott said, I hope you get to make and keep some in your own home.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#11 posted 2725 days ago

Todd why didnt you just dado it.I noticed you use a lot of screws and pocket screws instead of mortice and tenon or dados.Is there a reason for this or are you just not comfortable making them joints at this time.

-- Phil, Chattanooga,TN

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#12 posted 2725 days ago

A great job Todd. I like that look, and you did a nice job on the finish too.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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