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01-08-2010 05:51 AM

I saw a TINY picture of the bookcase from the Dec 09 popular woodworking. It looks pretty interesting to me but I don’t subscribe. Can anyone give me any more details about what they thought of this project? Does it seem like a quality design (i assume so). Does it utilize all hardwoods, or are some plywoods incorporated? does it require a super high level of skill? are detailed plans included? i’m just wondering before i go hunting high and low to find a place that carries this magazine anywhere near me. Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 01-08-2010 03:50 PM

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#2 posted 01-09-2010 05:42 PM

Hard to find details online.
I went to the website for Popular Woodworking and found the issue listed.
The photo is very small but it’s described as a Shaker bookcase with 2 drawers.
Here’s the link to the abstract for that article
Note, Here's a larger photo
Larger image of the December 2009 bookcase
Maybe you can find that issue at your local library OR they can get it for you using an interlibrary loan.
If not, I think the issue is $6.00 online; not a huge investment to make for getting plans to something you’re
interested in.

Seeing an open back, I’d expect the shelves are joined using either sliding dovetails or dadoes.
A sliding dovetail joint is a bit finicky but very doable. The case appears to have a face frame, most likely
using mortise and tenon joinery.
IIRC, Shaker design typically used through dovetails to join the case top and sides.

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#3 posted 01-09-2010 05:45 PM

Sorry no more links for me

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#4 posted 01-10-2010 12:12 AM

I read about the Virus you picked up; sorry to hear about it.
As a full-time professional geek managing IT security, mass storage, and very large systems,
I will guarantee you every link I post is direct to a safe URL.
You can see where a link goes by hovering over it with the mouse without clicking.
And, I don’t post links to sites I haven’t visited myself.
Things like Torrents are risky business.
Still, I understand your new found caution.
I hope you can restore your PC to a safe, virus-free status.

-- Gary, Florida

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#5 posted 01-10-2010 12:52 AM

Oh man Gary, do I owe you a debt of gratitude. That is exactly what I was looking for. I don’t know how you found the photo though, because I searched all over the website but it looks like I neglected to check through the blogs.

My wife thinks it is too big, but I think it would be perfect. I think the lack of space comes from all the stuff that could be better stored on the shelves and in the drawers. I’d probably make a few modifications to better match the furniture I own, but nothing major. Just a few tweaks to the moldings, drawer pulls, and feet.

You are right though. It is a small price to pay for a set of plans like this. I think I’ll be able to convince my wife. If nothing else, its just a slightly pricey read that I always enjoy. Thanks again!

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