Sapele Bookcases

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Project by mlipps posted 10-08-2016 12:53 AM 1831 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Frank Howarth makes some great stuff. When I saw these ( I decided to make a pair of my own.

It’s made out of 3/4” Sapele plywood. Face frame, base, and inlays are all made from 6/4 Sapele lumber. Finished with 5 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal satin. Last coat is diluted with Naphtha by 1/4. Great way to minimize dust and other particles from landing in your finish. Final dimensions are 47” wide, 35” high, and 12” deep. The back panel (1/4” Sapele ply) rests in a rabbet to maximize shelf space.

I used floating tenons to strengthen the mitered corners of the carcass and base. Face frame was attached with floating tenons as well.

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#1 posted 10-08-2016 08:47 PM

Nice piece, and well done … but I ‘gotta’ know, where did you find sapele ply wood??

I wish you would fill out the profile so that we know where you live ‘n’ stuff … Thanks for the post

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#2 posted 10-08-2016 10:15 PM

You have done a very nice job on these bookcases.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 10-08-2016 11:06 PM

Thanks for the kind words. I live in NYC. I go to a place called Urban Lumber in Huntington Station.

Personally for the price of the Sapele, I should have built the whole thing out of Sapele lumber so you’re not missing much if you don’t have access to veneered plywood.

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#4 posted 10-09-2016 01:13 AM

Great Work, love the way you layed out the sapele, lines look cool. I’M a big fan of Urban Lumber I know they have a bunch of slabs for a great prices, I never new they carried Sapele plywood, Its good to know

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