Another Rotating Bookcase

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Project by Don Johnson posted 11-02-2012 03:23 PM 4630 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After trying BritBoxmaker’s method for making boxes and also using it to make a sewing tray, I realised that his system was ideal for making the central square columns of a rotary bookcase like the two I had made previously ( and ).

I used the last remain pieces of the 1/4 inch veneered MDF for the two columns, and they came out beautifully square and with ‘perfect’ corner joints. I had been putting off making another bookcase because my original attempt needed some additional decorative (?) strips to hide the poor joints on the columns. This time it was a doddle, even though I accidentally set the fence incorrectly and had to scrap the first attempt as the middle 45 degree groove wasn’t in the middle, and I didn’t notice until after cutting the others.

I had some 3/4 inch thick veneered MDF left over from making some bookcases for my son which I used for the shelves, and rather than the ‘basket-weave’ design for the top that took so much effort the last time, I inserted some sapele banding just to make the top a little more interesting. Again, sapele (from the ends left over from stock I cut to length and rounded for a friend repairing a garden seat) was used for the top and bottom edging.

I had to purchase a 12 inch lazy susan, and some oak to make the vertical strips and edge banding of the shelves, but that only came to about £30 in total, so the bookcase didn’t cost me much in the end – the circle of 14 inch ply on which it stands even came from the packing used on a bench drill!

Despite previously getting excellent finishes I had been having some problems with poor end results when using Danish Oil on some recent items, so I researched the topic to see where I had been going wrong. It turned out that I had been forgetting the ‘wiping off’ stage that should follow each application. It seems counter-intuitive that removing finish should give a more ‘glossy’ end result, but it certainly does!

Some Renaissance wax was used on the top.

I made the bookcase to display at a Christmas market being organised in our village by my wife, and it will accompany three of the sewing trays mentioned above, a small coffee table in process of construction, a couple of the BritBoxmaker boxes, and some reindeer to be made following Matthias Wandel’s design at – they were very popular last year.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#1 posted 11-02-2012 04:33 PM

Rotating Bookcase? That’s cool and very uncommon in a very good way.

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#2 posted 11-02-2012 07:38 PM

Very nicely done. I’ve always loved this style of bookcase (Thomas Jefferson? I’ve forgotten the origin and too lazy to look it up), and you’ve certainly done an admirable job on your rendition of the piece.

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#3 posted 11-02-2012 08:19 PM

Great looking book case Don a cool design and a super build.

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#4 posted 11-03-2012 01:15 AM

DANG!!!! That is awesome! I really really like that.

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#5 posted 11-03-2012 06:19 AM

Interesting design – nicely done!

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#6 posted 11-03-2012 05:11 PM

Great contemporary design. Looks fantastic.

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#7 posted 11-04-2012 12:58 PM

sweet work DON … very crisp

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