|Project by TheDane||posted 09-22-2008 01:25 AM||2864 views||10 times favorited||15 comments|
My wife needed a set of book-ends to support the dictionaries and medical reference books she uses in her work.
Not one to take the easy way out (that would be: buy them at a local office supply), I decided to design my own.
These are adjustable … the bookends slide in a doivetail groove … and there are no hardware fasteners or glue in these … it is all friction-fit dovetail joinery.
I built a prototype out of pine, then did two copies (one of oak, the other mahogany).
They are 28” long and 5 1/2” wide. I plowed a 14º – 5/8” Dovetail set to 3/8” depth through the center of each … same depth/width through the book support..
The tails on the vertical braces were cut using the same setup against the fence on my router table.
I trimmed the book supports down to 5” width to accommodate the profile I routed around the base. After sanding (220 grit), each got two coats of satin polyurethane.
-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"