|Project by Retsof||posted 01-19-2013 01:38 AM||1732 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
Did you ever have one of those projects that you started fast on and then thought you might never get around to finishing? This was one of those for me.
I made this bookcase (my first) as a gift for my 12 year-old daughter who is a voracious reader. She requested that I build her a bookcase for her bedroom. We went through some design books and websites together and she picked out the style and wood that she wanted. I’m so proud that she had the good taste to pick Arts & Crafts style and white oak!
Originally, I was going to give it to her for her birthday last June, but it wasn’t finished in time, so she got an acoustic/electric ukulele instead. The Uke turned out to be a lot of fun, so she didn’t mind waiting for the bookcase while I worked on a bunch of other things.
I started this project in the last week of April 2012 and finally finished it today (January 18, 2013). Total building time really wasn’t that bad, maybe 30-36 hours or something like that. Now that I know what I’m doing, I think I could knock one of these out in a long weekend.
The bookcase is made of 3/4” white oak and 3/4” & 1/4” rift-sawn white oak plywood. I had wanted to make it out of quarter-sawn boards and quarter-sawn plywood, but I could not get the materials here in Las Vegas.
It is based on a plan from a Woodsmith book. I started by making a full-sized drawing of all of the detail pieces and a cut list. I like to make these on 1/4” MDF and cut out the parts for tracing.
Here’s a look at the panel that makes up the back of the bookcase.
The breadboard ends and corbels were another fun part of this project. I don’t own a band saw yet, so I roughed out the corbels with my jigsaw and sanded them to the final size with my oscillating spindle sander.
Here’s a side view (also showing that I need to get started on a lumber rack of some kind):
And finally, here’s a photo of the happy customer with her new White Oak Arts & Crafts Bookcase. She helped me put the first coat of Natural Danish Oil on it. I hope she’s willing to help me again when it’s time to move it into her bedroom because it weighs more than she does. :)
-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."