Bookcase - Arts & Crafts style

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Project by Mork posted 04-18-2014 02:59 AM 1690 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After about a year sitting in my shop I finally finished my Arts & Crafts Style bookcase. I designed it to match the chest of drawers and dresser i build a few years ago. I think it turned our fairly nice… Installing the knife hinges was probably the biggest challenge but I learned a few tricks… next time it will go a bit smoother. The knife hinges had an offset, it was the only way to clear the corner posts when the doors open.

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#1 posted 04-18-2014 03:06 AM

What an awesome piece of craftsmanship. Nice work, Winky. Looks like you used Red Oak – is that right?

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#2 posted 04-18-2014 12:21 PM

Very nice! I am about to attempt a similar project in walnut. I haven’t decided on the hardware yet but, this gives me inspiration to try some knife hinges. It is really beautiful.

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#4 posted 04-19-2014 12:27 AM

Nice looking bookcase, it looks great in that spot. I like the color and figure of that oak.

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#5 posted 04-19-2014 02:06 AM

Yes, the bookcase is 1/4 sawn red oak. I bought two 8 foot logs from a guy with a saw mill in NC. The lumber arrived here (KY) green and I dried in in my back yard for about 10 month. Buying it green is a super way to save a lot of money. After drying and trimming off some of the unusable stuff I had about 1.50/bf into the lumber. Not bad for 1/4 sawn. So far I’ve build a dresser, 2 night stands, a chest of drawers and now a bookcase and I think I have enough to build a bed…. hopefully.

The knife hinged were a bugger. I inset them slightly into the ends of the door and surface mounted them to the cabinet. The knife hinges I used were about $4 a pair and not the greatest. I had to file the screw heads because they rubbed when you opened the door. In hind sight I should have recessed them into the doors further. These hinges need to be under a slight tension to stop them from rubbing. I suspect better hinges would not do this but heck, the good hinges are $30 + a pair… I don’t even have $60 in the wood! I’m not spending 60 on hinges!

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