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Roycroft Little Journeys Bookshelf Reproduction

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Project by gizmodyne posted 06-23-2008 12:46 AM 6112 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is from Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture by Robert Lange. I have much more about its construction detailed in my blog .

The finish ended up being fumed followed by tinted shellac and dark wax. I like it.

This project looks simple, but has a ton of handwork including the 16 through mortises.

A few pics

A shot of the top in the sun.

Close up on the tusks and through tenons. All handwork.

Looking up at the figure eight clips.

And now a look at the books. The piece was originally made by Elbert Hubbard to display a set of books called Little Journeys. I bought a set on e-bay and they have really cool covers and spines. They include titles like Little Journeys to the Homes of ….. Famous Women or English Authors


-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne





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jockmike2

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#1 posted 06-23-2008 12:50 AM

Beautiful oak book shelf table. Gorgeous specks of color in that oak. Great job.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Max

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#2 posted 06-23-2008 01:12 AM

That turned out very nice. I really like the finish. Those through keyed tenons are a lot of work but well worth it. It is beautiful.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 06-23-2008 03:53 AM

Looks great – I’m jealous of all the beautiful hand work. Some day, I hope to do that nice kind of work.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#4 posted 06-23-2008 05:22 AM

That such a wonderful piece…love all the details which brings out all that Qsawn oak. thanks for posting Blkcherry

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#5 posted 06-23-2008 06:24 AM

Very nice, John. It was a pleasure to follow the blog and I’m glad the fuming came out to your liking. (I like it too.) Those are some nice covers on the books. Nice addition to your wonderful home.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#6 posted 06-23-2008 10:57 AM

Sweet piece. Beautiful finish. The rays in that oak really pop out in the sun.

-- Peace in Wood ~ http://dustynewt.com/

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 06-23-2008 10:41 PM

Giz,

I love this piece, it is just so classic. Your craftsmanship is just top-notch and exemplary for the style.

You got to try the fuming process on this one and that makes me a bit jealous. As does your collection of “Little Journeys” books.

I always enjoy following your posts and projects.

Thanks.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#8 posted 06-23-2008 10:45 PM

OK, I have to make you jealous; Rita and I visited the Roycroft Community in East Aurora, New York and stayed in the freshly restored Roycroft in. If you ever get a chance, I highly recommend visiting the historic community.

There is much Frank Lloyd Wright in the area as well.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#9 posted 06-23-2008 11:32 PM

Another beautiful piece of work … great color and finish

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#10 posted 06-24-2008 03:08 AM

This came out super! Just picked up a Roycroft book the other day…

Looking forward to what else you have going this summer!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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gizmodyne

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#11 posted 06-24-2008 05:12 AM

Thanks for all of the comments.

Todd.- I am jealous. I want to take a trip out east-ish and see the Roycroft stuff, Stickey Museum, Nakashima, Williamsburg,the Smithsonian. . . and so on.

Dorje- Lots more projects to come. I have been in the shop all day in fact.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Dan'um Style

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#12 posted 01-23-2009 05:47 AM

Hey John

I won a set of the books on ebay for 76 bucks. When I looked on yahoo looking to find how much they were really worth I typed in Roycraft Little Jouneys and your project came up as item number two.

Guess it is my turn to make book stand … maybe a book rack

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#13 posted 08-20-2012 09:46 PM

Great table.
Neat book too. I just bought a 1911 copy of White Hyacinths by Elbert Hubbard.
Now I need to design a shadow box for it.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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