Bookcase #5: Ready for finish-ish.

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Blog entry by BlueRidgeDog posted 01-01-2020 05:56 PM 439 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Had a setback with the bookcase. It was on the bench, precariously balanced and was knocked over when moving some items out of storage for my kid’s new place. My fault, but it had not been finished, so no worries. Two glue joints busted and one stiffener split. The stiffeners had not been doweled in yet.

So the busted bits were repaired and I moved on to doweling in the stiffeners and the one fixed shelf.

I had to hold the stiffener back in line, but it worked fine.

The last of the legs were inserted into their dowel holes and glued on. Amazing what you can do with the old style clamp. Note the offset, but still parallel angle.

After that I went over the entire carcass one more time with a scraper and then 220 grit. Chasing the squeeze out that I missed and where I grabbed the darn thing with glue on my hand!

The dowels are walnut and go with the marquetry (IMHO). Nothing left but cutting the shelves to final size, putting a recessed notch for the shelf pins and finishing.

I have omitted the top or cornice as the dovetails show nice and it looks good as is. I may add it based on input from the recipient, but thus far they are happy.

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#1 posted 01-02-2020 02:16 PM

Wonderful work and very nice design. Your customer should be very happy with it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 01-02-2020 03:44 PM

I really need one more shelf, but I am out of Sepele. I think I will “owe” them one until I can get back to the lumber yard…unless they need a shelf for some tall books. I may make a walnut one as a stand in for now.

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