The Waterfall Bookcase

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Project by Reifer posted 2225 days ago 1485 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s the bookcase that has been five years in the making. This is my third “real” woodworking project. I’ll have to post the other two when I get the chance.

I have just finished the glue up and have taken the pipe clamps off. It was one of the bookcases in the bookcase challenge. It is made out of purple heart and maple. There were a lot of mistakes but I like the overall design. If I had to do it all over again I would make the purple heart at the front edge of the shelves wider to be even with the ripple of purple heart on the sides. I also need to buy more clamps. You can never have enough!

The shelves are routed in from the back. There are 4 coats of Arm-R-Seal high gloss on the fronts/tops and 3 on the backs/bottoms.

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#1 posted 2225 days ago

wow…looks great…i understand the sloooow wood working…either way the results are wonderful…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 2225 days ago

That’s very cool! I really like to way you stepped the top and bottom.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 2224 days ago

Pretty piece.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 2219 days ago

I, too, like the stepped shelves. This is an innovative design and certainly adds to the visual interest of the piece as well. The finish looks pretty good too.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 2200 days ago

Very nice, I like this design. I think it reveals an inner city skyline look. Something that would be in set of furniture, ie, table, chairs, etc.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 1125 days ago

That is ONE very COOL and UNIQUE book case!

Great work!

Better late than never… LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#7 posted 1125 days ago

very swell lookin peice, and it looks like it’s wet too with the finish you put on. What did you use?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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