Arts and Crafts Bookcase

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Project by Bill Lattanzio posted 02-23-2013 02:49 PM 1011 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finished this in December 12’. It’s a design of my own made using Birch plywood for the body and basic clear pine for the face frames. The shelves are also birch ply with a pine front stripped attached with glue. The top is a glue up of some 5/4 pine. The case is held together with simple dado/rabbet joinery and the face frames were pocket screwed together and attached with glue and clamps. I made them all a little oversized and trimmed them to fit using a jack plane. Finish is a minwax 225 mahogany with 2 gloss clear coats.

-- Bill L, PA, I don't believe in isms, I just believe in me.

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#1 posted 02-23-2013 03:36 PM

Nice color , I thought it was Walnut at first glance.
Are the shelves adjustable in your bookcase , and if so , did you make extra shelves to hold more books in it ? The shelf spacing appears to be quite large for books , at least in the photo provided : )

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#2 posted 02-23-2013 04:12 PM

Great job, very nice!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 02-23-2013 05:04 PM

Wonderful work. Welcome to LJ.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 02-23-2013 05:06 PM

Very nice, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 02-23-2013 06:08 PM

Thanks. It was a fun project and really useful. The shelves are adjustable. They spacing in the photo is wide because two of the tiers actually don’t have books on them, there are photos and knick knacks among other things. My wife has all of her cookbooks, which are quite large, on the bottom shelf. And on one of the other shelves I have many of my woodworking books, which are also fairly large. Build and finish time on this one was about 20 hours.

-- Bill L, PA, I don't believe in isms, I just believe in me.

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#6 posted 02-23-2013 09:46 PM

Nice work! I like it! Great Job!!
Welcome to Lumberjocks!

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#7 posted 02-25-2013 05:28 PM

Very beautiful and sturdy book case. Like the design, wood and the finish. Great home for the books.

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