Book Rack

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Project by woodcut posted 10-07-2012 11:22 PM 1731 views 21 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I came across a 1×6 of curly maple at our local Menards about a year ago, so badly twisted and crooked that i knew it would have to be chopped up to be of any use. It was on sale and I had a coop-on so I bought it and squirreled it away for the right project.

When SWMBO showed me a pic of a book rack and asked me to make one, the little light came on. I didn’t even bargain for a new tool I “needed” to make it with. It took me a few weekends to make.

The maple is finished with a dye stain and linseed oil, the panels are mahogany veneer over 1/4” plywood, finished with a red mahogany stain, paste filler, linseed oil, and shellac. Everything got several coats of gloss poly then assembled with countersunk screws. A liberal application of wax between the bottom pieces helped a lot in adjusting the width.

Maple pieces are 1 3/4” wide and overall the rack is about 11×13 by 12” wide when fully collapsed.

(The pic had the rails over the stiles, so that’s how I made mine…..)

I’ve made it a point to scan through the lumber there ever since.

Thanks for looking!

-- Carl, Iowa

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#1 posted 10-08-2012 01:20 AM

Carl – that is a stunnning piece! Very nicely done. You really did an outstanding job with the maple

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#2 posted 10-08-2012 01:21 AM

Lovely design – I like it!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 10-08-2012 03:08 AM

Really neat project—great design and beautiful wood.

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

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#4 posted 10-08-2012 11:37 AM

Love the curl!

-- DanielV85

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#5 posted 10-08-2012 11:42 AM

Good looking wood, and a very clever design. Happy reads.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#6 posted 10-08-2012 12:18 PM

Looks great! Nice design.

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#7 posted 10-08-2012 02:46 PM


-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#8 posted 10-08-2012 04:43 PM

The finest of its class! Inspiring.

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#9 posted 10-08-2012 06:51 PM

Really nice looking, love the design of it.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#10 posted 10-09-2012 03:24 AM

Nothing better than combining beautiful wood with great craftsmanship.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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