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Project by dakotawood posted 02-03-2014 09:52 PM 1253 views 9 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this bookcase based on FWW Classic Cherry Bookcase by Jeff Miller. I used QSWO instead. This project gave me a ton of “firsts”. First time using QSWO for a large project like this – milled wonderfully! First time attempting a hand cut dovetail – not easy especially since it was a lot wider than a drawer would be! First time doing a sliding dovetail joint for a shelf – went very well and loved doing it! First time using my table saw cove jig – pretty cool to use! First time making shop made shelf standards – I love the way they look!

This was a very fun build and I learned a ton from it. My wife and kids are happy they now have a pretty bookcase for all the kids’ books.

Thanks for looking!

-- Travis, South Dakota





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 02-03-2014 10:29 PM

Really nice work

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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AandCstyle

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#2 posted 02-04-2014 12:14 AM

It looks like you did a great job and the finish highlights the rays well. It will be a shame to cover the back with books. :)

-- Art

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natrous

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#3 posted 02-04-2014 12:25 AM

Beautiful looking bookcase!

Came out great, especially with so many “firsts!”

Well done.

-- I do not like work even when someone else does it. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 02-04-2014 01:34 AM

What finish did you use on the piece? looks fantastic, seriously great job.

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#5 posted 02-04-2014 02:49 AM

I love it. Beautiful details incorporated into a simple design. Something everyone can enjoy, but only a fellow woodworker can truly appreciate.

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#6 posted 02-04-2014 04:23 AM

Great job on the bookcase, it came out great. I like the color too.

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

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#7 posted 02-04-2014 02:11 PM

That looks amazing! I love the look of the QSWO. Goes perfect with any craftsman piece.

-- Pat-Indianapolis

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#8 posted 02-04-2014 02:14 PM

This turned out great. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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Justjigging

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#9 posted 02-04-2014 02:35 PM

Very nice! A cherry bookcase is my next project. I hope mine turns out half as nice as yours.

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#10 posted 02-04-2014 05:14 PM

I love it Travis. Well done!

Could you describe how the top is assembled? What is that “joinery” that I think I see – looks like a combination of dovetails and box joints but I can’t figure out its purpose.

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#11 posted 02-05-2014 09:08 PM

Thanks everyone!!

BigAL: here’s my finish I used:

sand to 150g
TransTint dye: dark vintage maple
Gen Fin Seal a Cell
Gen Fin gel stain: Antique Walnut
Gen Fin Arm R Seal satin x2
I lightly sanded with 320g between most coats

-- Travis, South Dakota

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dakotawood

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#12 posted 02-05-2014 09:38 PM

todd:

The dovetails are basically there to hold the case together – but are probably much more for aesthetics. Other joinery would definitely suffice.
The top board is 3/4” wider than the side boards – this makes room for the face frame to slide in there nicely. They are hand cut dovetails. The very first pin (on the vertical board) is a half pin bc it is at the end of the board. So, this makes the first half tail (on the top board) look more like a finger joint than a tail. Good observation!! Believe you me, I wouldn’t have thought of this. I’m not that smart! It’s directly from the plans. And they are pretty good plans to boot!
Thanks for your nice comments!

-- Travis, South Dakota

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#13 posted 02-23-2014 09:12 AM

A good looking bookshelf.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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