custom mahogany display bookcase

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Project by Mike Shea posted 07-08-2008 12:15 AM 3001 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this bookcase last week. i have to say that i really enjoyed this project. the customer wanted something that looked verry traditional without all of the itriquit carvings and appliques. it needed to fit into a somwhat contemporary eclectic livingroom. So the design needed to be simple and large enough to acomidate plenty of books and decorations.
the case work was verry simple with only one fixed shelf in the center. everything above and below that is adjustable as she wanted.
after the casework was finished i dressed it up with an arched face frame. i installed a light in the top of the case to give the top shelf light for eclectic decorations. once that was finished i made the bracket feet. making the bracket feet was a verry fun procces. it took time to come up with the right hieth, shape, and bend of the knees to fit my particular project. i found a whole bunch of diferent foot designs on the internet but i had to make my own template to acomidate for the wide and tall case.
the crown moulding i made from 8/4 stock. i ran it through the table saw at an angle to acomplish the radius of the cove that i was looking for. i tacked it to the case with brads and glue. i then added aditional router bit profiles above and below the cove to add character.

a fun project indeed it was finished with nothing more than linseed oil and a buff coat of clear shellac.

-- i can do all things through christ who strengthens me

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#1 posted 07-08-2008 12:22 AM

Very nice, the molding and the feet came out great. Thanks for sharing

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#2 posted 07-08-2008 12:27 AM

I’m just curious, how thick of a board was used for that top molding? I’ve heard there are some optical illusions that allow for a thick appearance without necesarrily having to have 12/4’s thick stock. I’m jsut wondering if I’m seeing an illusion of if you used some thinck material. very nice work.

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#3 posted 07-08-2008 01:02 AM

Wow, that’s a nice display case. I love your attention to detail. Thank you for sharing.

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

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#4 posted 07-08-2008 01:24 AM

Beautiful work Mike! I think the feet are superb and the color matching between the carcass and trim looks seamless.

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#5 posted 07-08-2008 02:03 AM

Absolutely lovely piece!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 07-08-2008 02:15 AM

Nice marriage of contemporary and traditional. I really like the bracket feet, the crown and the face frame. Good job, Mike.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#7 posted 07-08-2008 02:16 AM

Very nice bookcase. You did a beautiful job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 07-08-2008 04:05 AM


You built a very nice bookcase here. I really like the design and the moldings add a lot of visual interest to the piece.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#9 posted 07-08-2008 04:16 AM


I just finished a bookcase for my daughter, she is two, and I am humble enough to admit that it does not look as good as yours. It is nice but WOW!! You did an awesome job.


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#10 posted 07-08-2008 12:59 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#11 posted 07-08-2008 04:17 PM

Great design.

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#12 posted 07-08-2008 11:44 PM

Very nice the feet give it class.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#13 posted 07-20-2008 08:39 PM

Really nice work. I would sure be interested in learning how to make those feet. I have a cabinet project coming up that I would like to look like furniture and feet like those are just what I had in mind.

-- "Woodworking is my ticket to sanity" John, Upton, MA

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#14 posted 07-20-2008 08:57 PM

Great execution and some beautiful wood!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#15 posted 07-24-2008 05:25 AM


Funny thing, I was just thinking about you today and I was wondering what you had been up to. Tonight I get on to LJ and find this! I guess that answers my question!

It is great to see you growing in your talent and skill. You are really coming along in your technique and design sense. This is a great piece, nice choice of wood and very well placed too. It looks like it finished out well.

Great job.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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