|Project by sandhill||posted 147 days ago||1223 views||7 times favorited||8 comments|
Below in the first photo are all the parts for the book rack pre-finished. I chose cherry because of its working properties as well as its elegant look after the wood darkens and takes on a rich patina. This is actually my second book rack having sold the first one and it looks like this one will have a new home as well. The next one (if there is a next one) I will be doing some inlay on the sides. I have been wanting to do the inlay work for a long time and this seems like the ideal project for just that.
This project has been featured in some of the woodworking magazines but I had found a set of plans with a template some years before the article was featured in the magazines. This is a fun and very basic project so anyone can build it with some basic tools, Just a router is all you really need to get the real clean joinery but I am sure it can be done with a drill press and chisel as well.
I was happy with how the tenons turned out I made a template and routed the through mortises with a 3/4” guide bushing and a 1/2” spiral bit with a piece of MDF for a backer then used a ½” chisel to square off the corners. I also used the router and a ¼” spiral bit to cut out the handle and bottom arch.
Here is a photo of the dry fit. After dry fitting the book rack I marked all the tenons where the 45 degree chamfer will be then used a block plan to get the 45 degree chamfer. I could have just a easily use a router bit and did it on the router table.
-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/