|Project by JayG46||posted 12-04-2013 11:50 AM||2196 views||2 times favorited||15 comments|
This bookcase was made out of some walnut that had been abandoned over in Ft. Lauderdale. I got about 400 board feet for $1000, which seemed like an awesome deal at the time, but once I got it back to my shop and started looking through it, I found a lot of bad material. There was some twisted pieces, lots of knots, some wormholes and it became clear that this stuff had been abandoned for a reason. Since I bought it off of Craigslist and I live two hours away, I decided to suck it up and make some lemonade out of these lemons.
I sorted through the pile, trying to find some decent stuff and began cutting away the material that was truly unsound, to leave what was merely unsightly.
I squared up a lot of material and laid it out on a large work table, moving pieces around to find similar colors and grain patterns so I could start forming the side panels, shelves, tops and bottoms. There is great variety in this walnut, from the classic chocolatey-colored heart wood, to intense black grain lines to reddish and gray streaks to blonde sapwood. Obviously the best matches were used for the two outside panels and the tops. There is very little consistency throughout the piece, but with the finish applied, it doesn’t jump out.
For maximum portability, it is actually four separate pieces: a base and three independent shelves. There are two dadoed trim pieces that hold the shelves together, which is study enough for my purposes.
Some other details on this piece include a custom step back molding using a 14 degree butterfly spline bit on the router table. My uncle had set it up for a cabinet job he was working on and I thought it would fit nicely. It shows up almost everywhere on the piece, including the base, shelves, middle trim pieces and the top molding. That top molding also includes a 3/8” maple accent that compliments the maple plywood used for the backs of the unit.
I’m pretty happy with the way this turned out, and now I just have to figure out three or four more projects to use up all of this walnut!
Thanks for checking it out.
-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL www.swallowtailwoodcraft.com "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi