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richgreer

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877 days ago

We are moving my Mother into a retirement home. As a consequence of the move, she asked me if I wanted this book shelf. I had never seen it before. Mom told me that it was one of Dad’s high school shop projects.

This would have been made in the mid-1930s, probably with no power tools. Oh how I wish I had known about this before Dad died. I would love to know how he cut the dado. I’m even more interested in how he put that design on the end.

It looks like pine with a dark stain/finish. It looks like he might have punched a rough surface into the side and created a design while doing so, which he painted. It’s very interesting to me.

Has anyone ever seen anything like this and/or do you know how work like this was done?

As an FYI – This little bookshelf held Dad’s diaries. He started a daily diary at age 16 and kept it going until just prior to his death at age 89. I’m looking forward to some interesting reading.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.


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cloakie1

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#1 posted 877 days ago

i don’t know if it is relevant today but i recall at primary school when we did our manual training, we used to make small boxes and tooltidies etc. all had rebated joints and we would mark them out with a making knife and then cut on the inside of the line with a tennon saw and chisel out the waste…was time consuming and some of the boys would make a real meal of it while others were very good at it…i still have one or two of my school projects…..i’m guessing that your father did it a similiar way.

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Box

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#2 posted 877 days ago

Wow, what a great memory jogger. Keep that piece forever...
I remember taking woodshop classes in 7th, 8th & 9th grade in school back in 1959, 1960 & 1961. My very first woodworking project in the 7th grade calss was a bookshelf with that exact same design…with the exception of the fancy design on the end like your dad made. Mine was made from cyprress and how well I remember using a chisel to clean out the dado that the ends sat in. It had the same 45 degree miters on the ends and the champhers around the base. The ends were glued into the dadoes and fastened with screws.
I wish i still had mine!

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 877 days ago

Fabulous find. Both the shelf and the diaries are rare items to have.

My father made a bookshelf in school as well. Oak in Arts and Crafts style with 3 or 4 shelves. It got destroyed when my brother’s cabin/house burned down….......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Bill White

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#4 posted 877 days ago

There are carver and gunsmith tools that will create the “punched” look.
That’s a keeper for sure.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 876 days ago

Interesting find for sure. Enjoy!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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ShipWreck

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#6 posted 876 days ago

Thanks for sharing. Great post!

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