Asian inspired bookcase

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Project by dewoodwork posted 08-02-2007 06:49 AM 5130 views 22 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this bookcase for my Step Daughter who loves Asian art and design. Woods used are African mahogany and bloodwood. The side panels are veneered with shop sawn veneers I’m not so sure I achieved the look I had in-visioned at the drawing board but she is happy with it. Close examination of the face frame reveals that the it thins toward the center as well as having a large gentle arc along the edges. The second photo shows the jig I constructed to sculpt the face frame and create a precise and consistent arc. The work piece is first rough cut at the bandsaw to reduce the work required by the router.

-- Express creativity with wood, Dewayne. Vacaville CA.

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#1 posted 08-02-2007 01:58 PM

oh it’s beautiful !!!
definitely an Asian feel – I’d be thrilled with this! It’s gorgeous

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 08-02-2007 02:01 PM

By golly, Dewayne, I don’t know if you’ve acheived what you intended but you’ve certainly impressed me!! I think it is outstanding; both the bookcse and the jig work. It seems like it should win an award somewhere.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 08-02-2007 03:05 PM

Beautiful project. A+ very nice. Thanks for sharing. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 08-02-2007 03:07 PM

Just beautiful woodworking!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#5 posted 08-02-2007 03:35 PM

That’s gorgeous. I’m inspired; thanks for sharing it.


-- Gary, Florida

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#6 posted 08-02-2007 06:02 PM

Man, that makes me want to start a new project! Beautiful clean lines and great choice of materials. I’m inspired too. Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck,

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#7 posted 08-03-2007 04:35 PM

Wow! That’s a beautiful piece. Wonderful contrasting materials. I’m not a fan of alot of contrasting pieces as they ultimately end up looking awkward. This really doesn’t. Nice piece!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Eric Olson

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#8 posted 08-03-2007 05:21 PM

If that’s not how you wanted it to look, I’d love to make your mistakes!

-- Eric Olson Springfield, MO Rock Creek Designs

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Bob A in NJ

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#9 posted 08-03-2007 08:46 PM

Wow, what a fantastic design and execution of a project. Congrats!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#10 posted 08-05-2007 04:18 AM

Nice sled design and shop. Oh, I do love the bookcase.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Mark A. DeCou

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#11 posted 08-26-2007 02:23 PM

wonderful piece. The sled fixture is a cool idea.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 08-26-2007 05:13 PM

Great job, beautiful project, good choice of woods, and the jig is a well conceived addition to any woodworkers bag of tricks, or in our case I should say box, huh? A large wooden box. (sorry Don)


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Mark A. DeCou

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#13 posted 09-16-2007 01:11 PM

another beautiful project. I like your use of the router rail system. Your shop is too clean, where is the dust? Don’t look at my shop, please.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#14 posted 11-29-2007 05:04 AM

the contrasting colors and craftsmanship…............AWESOME….......

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#15 posted 12-01-2007 06:57 PM

I love that fixture/sled! It’s always entertaining to see what other guys are using to do the job, and it look slike you got it done masterfully! kudos

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