Black Walnut-Reclaimed red/white oak bookcase

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Project by Michael posted 11-12-2012 01:40 PM 2058 views 11 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

All of us have started that project that we were in no rush to complete and this was no exception; I started this bookcase in July this past summer and just recently completed it. I acquired the wood from my parents farm back in West Virginia, the source of the oak is old fence boards. We had torn a portion of 3 board fence down a few years back and I elected to stack the stuff in the barn and keep it. As I was planning the oak I noticed something; a lot of the wood was embedded with shotgun pellets. You can see this in a few of these pictures. I had very little dimensional change with that wood however the walnut was a different story. I made the outer uprights first and glued them up thinking they wouldn’t warp as much…..wrong wrong. The through tennons are wedged with pieces of eastern red cedar. This was my first attempt at making window sash doors and I’m pretty happy with them, instead of the mitered butt joint to attach to the main frames I used a half lap. In addition it was my first time using half lap construction for doors which I was also very happy with, it’s much easier than my usual sliding dovetails or rail and stile. I found all four hinges on eBay for $12 and they usually run about $22 a set. I topped it off with three coats of oil based polyurethane. All in all I’m pretty happy with the project; this was the first thing that I’ve built myself for a long time. Next up is a Tall Clock with a hidden gun compartment….. Stay tuned

-- "A woodworking project is either a masterpiece or a POS" Dr. Lang

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#1 posted 11-12-2012 01:46 PM

Stunning work.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 11-12-2012 02:16 PM

Something old.
Something familiar.
Something beautiful.

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#3 posted 11-12-2012 02:17 PM

very nice! Congratulations

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#4 posted 11-12-2012 02:20 PM

Absolutely gorgeous.

-- Ron, Montana

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#5 posted 11-12-2012 02:29 PM

It looks amazing! I like the fact that you used some reclaimed wood in the project.

-- "I am hiring a realtor if and when the day comes a lion is on my roof."

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#6 posted 11-12-2012 03:06 PM

Very nice project : )

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

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#7 posted 11-12-2012 03:06 PM

“Here’s to learning to slow down and enjoy the project.”
Nice job Michael.

-- Eric down in sunny Florida.

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#8 posted 11-12-2012 03:27 PM

nice project

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#9 posted 11-12-2012 04:38 PM

This is a beautiful piece of furniture. Details like the curve on the bottom and the little kick-out of the legs really add to the overall look.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#10 posted 11-12-2012 04:38 PM

Well worth the wait. Well done.

-- The greatest risk is not taking one...

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#11 posted 11-12-2012 04:46 PM

Thanks for all the positive comments. I was looking at it yesterday and I think I might make a piece of walnut crown molding to go around the top.

-- "A woodworking project is either a masterpiece or a POS" Dr. Lang

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#12 posted 11-12-2012 05:08 PM

What a great project, I’m glad that you left the pellets in ... one of a kind chracter.
a true airloom for the family

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#13 posted 11-12-2012 05:30 PM

I feel quite envious with your cabinet. Really awesome ,fine work!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#14 posted 11-12-2012 10:24 PM

Heirloom, very nice and with a personal story.

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#15 posted 11-13-2012 12:29 AM

Great project…love the divided lights and the gracefull curves

-- the lyf so short the craft so long to lerne

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