Modified Gustav Stickley #74 mission style book rack

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Modified Gustav Stickley #74 mission style book rack
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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

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#1 posted 04-06-2014 02:54 AM

Very nice work,super looking book case.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 04-06-2014 03:20 AM

Nice job, it looks great.

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

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#3 posted 04-06-2014 10:33 AM

Good job!

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#4 posted 04-06-2014 12:41 PM

Looking goog Bob

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#5 posted 04-06-2014 11:24 PM

Bob, very nicely done.

-- Art

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#6 posted 04-08-2014 01:56 AM

Thank you all, This one is shipping out Fri 4/11 so I will be making another one using QSWO. I will be trying a floral design up each side that I will cut out on my chevy and using the Foredom Power Tool with Precision Router Base Set

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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#7 posted 04-08-2014 02:10 PM

I can see why these book cases are in great demand Bob! Hard to believe you achieved this with just a router and chisel … I’m looking forward to the next one with your floral designed inlay!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#8 posted 04-08-2014 06:17 PM

Thank you Elaine, I need a rest I have just finisher number 3 and crated it for shipment, the crating is harder than building the darn thing. I’m kicking the price up, I hope no one buys it LOL.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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