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Shaker Bookcase in Curly Maple and Cherry

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Project by barringerwoodworks posted 159 days ago 1473 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everybody. Here’s my Shaker Bookcase, just finished this morning. It’s cherry with a curly maple top, base and molding. It’s 42” high, 12” deep and 28” wide. I began a blog, documenting some of the more interesting parts of this build but sort of neglected it due to simply trying to get this thing out of my shop – took longer than I expected and I became a bit impatient.

Dovetail joinery is all hand cut. The base is all from one piece, meaning the beaded profile on the top edge is not a separate molding but was instead routed then mitered at the corners by hand. It has a 5/16” shiplap back attached with brass screws at the center of each board, top and bottom and 16-gauge nails at each shelf. They’re gapped slightly for expansion. The base is attached with cleats and brass screws, only glued at the front and screwed into slotted holes in back. My only small regret is that I did not key in the side moldings on top with a sliding dovetail. They’re just glued all the way down and clamped (Gasp!!). Thing is though, I have a 20” wide cherry coffee table that’s been sitting in our living room for a few years now. It has breadboard ends and the most movement I’ve seen in it is not even 1/16”. This thing’s only 12” deep. I’m not worried about it but promise to key in the next one.

Every surface here was planed to thickness after glue-up by hand with the exception of the material for the base – the last material my DeWalt planer saw before the cutters were just too tired for any more and my pockets too drained for some new blades. So lots of good planing practice here. A hall table to match this is next!

Hope you all enjoy. Questions and commentary always welcome. Thanks for looking!

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA https://barringerwoodworks.squarespace.com





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RockyTopScott

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#1 posted 159 days ago

An extremely nice piece.

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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barringerwoodworks

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#2 posted 159 days ago

Thanks RockyTopScott!

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA https://barringerwoodworks.squarespace.com

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ChuckV

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#3 posted 159 days ago

That is beautiful, Scott. It shows fine attention to detail and wonderful execution.

I look forward to seeing more photos as well as your upcoming hall table.

-- “A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.” ― Mark Twain

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#4 posted 159 days ago

Very fine work Scott ,great looking bookcase.

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barringerwoodworks

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#5 posted 159 days ago

Thanks ChuckV and a1Jim. This one was a bit painful I must admit. Lots of learning on this one.

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA https://barringerwoodworks.squarespace.com

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Rick

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#6 posted 158 days ago

Very Nice Piece of Work! Thanks For Sharing!

Rick

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#7 posted 158 days ago

Great work, I just love the dove tails on the top….. Great work…..

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

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barringerwoodworks

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#8 posted 158 days ago

Thanks Ken. Just replaced the first batch of pics with some better ones. Did another shoot this morning that I’m a little happier with.

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA https://barringerwoodworks.squarespace.com

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#9 posted 158 days ago

That’s really nice, the maple should age well to a nice patina.

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#10 posted 158 days ago

I sincerely hope to some day be able to produce something as amazing as this.

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barringerwoodworks

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#11 posted 158 days ago

Thanks j_dubb. Thanks darthford. Hopefully that aged patina will help hide the glue lines!

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA https://barringerwoodworks.squarespace.com

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#12 posted 158 days ago

Excellent piece of craftsmanship. Thanks for sharing.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#13 posted 157 days ago

Impressive! I’ll bet those dovetails took a bit of time.

very nice looking piece

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#14 posted 157 days ago

Nice dovetails. It really looks great.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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#15 posted 157 days ago

Wow. Very nice.

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