Oak Wall/Canopy #2: The Piers

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Blog entry by Chris Davis posted 07-16-2009 02:59 PM 1693 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I have the piers or the side bookcases built. These are bookcases like I normally build for my murphy beds with a twist and I mean a literal twist. The top sections are twisted inward toward the bed.

To do this I back set the top section on the inside of each bookcase. When doing something like this you need to get you angle first, so I always start with the angled shelf first. Once you get that angle, the off-fall can be used to set up the angle on the table saw and be used to cut the smaller upper side. I cut the inside vertical for the bookcase in two pieces. The lower, which is the regular depth and the upper which is shorter and is guided by the small end of the angled shelf . It also has an angle cut along the front edge. I join the two parts together with dowels and pocket screws. Here is the raw video footage of that step:

Another thing that is different is the top outside corner has a 1 ½” x 1 ½ in block so that the outside edge can be rounded.

All trim is cut, fit, and nailed on individually. All joints on the face frame are rounded over . The top and mid rails on the face frame will have the same angle cut on them as the shelves and the scrap from the off-fall can be used for that set up also.

Here are some building pictures:
Piers before the trim
Piers after the trim

For more building pictures of this project see my Current Projects link at or See me work on this live:

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#1 posted 07-17-2009 06:07 AM

Another super project Chris

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