Solid Cherry Bookcase - Side Panels - Single Piece or Glue-Up

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01-11-2014 02:25 PM

Topic tags/keywords: panel solid wood bookcase cherry

Will shortly embark on my first furniture project – a solid wood cherry bookcase as described here .

This will be a present to Mrs. Lumbermeister, and as such, she has specified “heirloom quality”; that is, no plywood, must be sandable/refinishable throughout the generations. No pressure, no pressure at all! :)

First decision – The side panels, which, not counting the face frame, will be 10” x 51”; this presents the choice of a single piece, or glue-up of 2 pieces. I am already aware that:

- 2-piece glue-up – easier to flatten and square-up the individual pieces, likely less waste of wood.

- Single piece – perhaps less work (assuming not too difficult to true-up), no glue line (though I consider the glue line a minor issue, assuming I can pull it off well).

Appreciate all input/suggestions. Thanks.

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#1 posted 01-11-2014 03:14 PM

great video!
are you going to do the hand cut dove tails?

I’d use a hand selected solid piece on this cabinet considering the joinery and wood type. Mainly for aesthetics. However, you could book match 2 pieces and hardly notice. sometimes, inventory on hand makes the decision.

If you reduced the depth to 9 1/4” that would save money – buy a 1×10 instead of a 1×12 and end up with a 1 1/4 scrap piece. The shelf cleats are very authentic but to be honest, I’m not a fan. major dust collectors that break and look chunky. a lot of work to make too. I’d prefer simple 5 mm holes in sets of three.

just a few ideas. hope to see the finished project.

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#2 posted 01-11-2014 03:37 PM

Thanks reedwood. I will construct the pins using a simple, hand-made tablesaw jig, and the tails using a bandsaw and chisel. I like your suggestion of the 91/4” width vs. the specified 10”. Mind you, my jointer is only 6”, but I do have experience flattening oversize boards using either a planer sled, or some widely publicized tricks involving oversized wood on a jointer, followed by a use of a planer sled (do not yet own jointer hand planes).

Re. The shelf supports, I hear you and agree, but I am committed; it will definitely improve my woodworking skills, and Mrs. Lumbermeister will surely play the role of post-project competition dust collector. ;).

I will certainly post the project upon its completion. I am excited just thinking about getting it underway!


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#3 posted 01-11-2014 03:52 PM

This should be a fun project and a piece your wife will glad to say her own personal cabinet maker made for her.
Mark has some very good suggestions that should save some material.

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