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Project by bbbb posted 08-15-2009 11:36 AM 1967 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at building a bookcase as a newbie, my daughter requested I make one for her as wedding gift, so based on the brief she provided this was my interpretation of her requirements.
The materials used for the project were as follows, the corner posts were solid oak,the side panels comprised oak veneerd oak cored blockboard, this was also used for the fixed and movable shelves which were lipped with solid oak, the dust frames were constructed from tulipwood and oak using mortice and tenon joinery with MDF panels, front and rear cross rails oak, tied to the side panels, the drawer boxes were maple using through dovetail joints with beech drawer fronts complete with brass drawer pulls and full extension soft closung runners, the inserts in the fascia are rosewood, finally the crowm moulding was made demountable for transportation purposes.
Hopfully with time and effort I will get better.


-- Bill,Bonnie Scotland

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#1 posted 08-15-2009 11:48 AM

That is a nice job…...sweet design and finish…..well done.

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#2 posted 08-15-2009 12:35 PM

Thanks splinterman
I appreciate your feedback, its bubblewrapped and ready to go to its new home tomorrow, so I hope my daughter and future son-in-law like it, its certainly a robust bit of kit.

you take care Bill

-- Bill,Bonnie Scotland

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#3 posted 08-15-2009 03:05 PM

in time you’ll get better?????Nice job

-- Bill in Mich

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#4 posted 08-15-2009 03:23 PM

Very nice design and construction. I like the addition of drawers…. it’s always good to have a place to stash things out of sight.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 08-15-2009 03:30 PM

looks good

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#6 posted 08-15-2009 03:58 PM

great job of grain matching on the drawers, always looks good to have the grain flowing through a piece that way.

-- Smitty!!!

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#7 posted 08-15-2009 05:44 PM

Very nice looking piece, I am sure your daughter will love it.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#8 posted 08-15-2009 06:23 PM

It looks like you have an excellent collection of tools and should be able to make anything that you want. Very nice design for the cabinet.


-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#9 posted 08-15-2009 06:36 PM

Nice! The drawers are a great idea, and well done.


-- Joel, CA

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#10 posted 08-15-2009 07:25 PM

looks great….well designed and it looks like you have done a very nice job of building it….well done

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#11 posted 08-15-2009 08:08 PM

Looks like it came out great. I need to tackle some larger stuff.

-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#12 posted 08-17-2009 11:35 PM

Thanks folks I really appreciate your comments regarding the bookcase, its a real lift to the spirit to have such positive feedback from so many talented woodworkers.

Thanks a lot guys.

-- Bill,Bonnie Scotland

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#14 posted 09-26-2009 01:56 PM

Very nice, the build up of the crown molding is well done an peaks the interest in the design. The grain on the drawers in my opinion is top rate. I love it, it really makes it pop. How did you come up with the idea of mixing oak with maple? I need to be more creative in that regards.
Nice job, loved your profile. “61 yrs Young! Nice!”

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 09-26-2009 01:57 PM


-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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