Jefferson Book Shelf

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Project by Aries Bergsma posted 07-08-2013 06:35 PM 1217 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After completing my last project I was already starting this one, it is a Jefferson Book Shelf, the one at his home was on a small table, I decided to use some shaker influence and turn a pedestal for the support of the shelf. The material used for this is walnut, this wood was destined for the chipper/ shredder. All I bought was the birds Eye maple for the inserts. I did not have any plans to speak except for the one I downloaded from a ” Woodwrights Shop” episode, it did not have everything I needed and therefore I made some errors which needed to be adjusted afterwards. All in all it was a fun project to make.


-- AGB

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#1 posted 07-08-2013 07:01 PM

Mr. Jefferson would love your innovations!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 07-08-2013 07:02 PM

Nice idea, well-crafted project. Is the one leg facing the camera longer than the other two, or is that a depth-of-field trick of the camera optical setting?

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#3 posted 07-08-2013 07:51 PM

I recall seeing the original in Jefferson’s study. If memory serves me correctly, I do believe yours turned out better.

-- John from Hampstead

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#4 posted 07-08-2013 08:23 PM

This is a very nice project. Congratulations and well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 07-08-2013 10:25 PM

Impressive, would love to have in my library.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#6 posted 07-11-2013 02:58 PM

Fine looking book shelf, great design especially the legs. Awesome finish and woods. Excellent work!

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#7 posted 07-17-2013 12:28 PM

As someone who loves woodworking and Thomas Jefferson’s designs, I appreciate your project. Good job!

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