My bookcase

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Project by beginrbldr posted 01-29-2010 09:09 AM 1680 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I took the idea for this bookcase out of a Rockler catalog but i added my own design to it. The bookcase is built out of mahogany and the top facial piece above the bead detail is crotch mahogony. the rosets are hand carved stars. I made the size of the bookcase to my specs. The finish is Varathane polyurathane semi gloss. This was a fun project to build.

-- Jeff, Laguna Hills CA

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#1 posted 01-29-2010 09:51 AM

Looks good from here. i like the compass points on this one better than the other inlays.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 01-29-2010 03:45 PM

That is gorgeous! I really like the grain on the top piece, and the stars are cool too.

-- Todd Helmkamp,

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#3 posted 01-29-2010 05:33 PM

Good looking bookcase. you did a very nice job.

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#4 posted 01-29-2010 06:41 PM

Neat build and very nice finish.

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#5 posted 01-29-2010 07:03 PM

Good looking bookshelf Jeff

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#6 posted 01-30-2010 01:12 AM

That is really a beautiful piece ! I love the grain on the top and sides : ) Very clean and well proportioned and the finish came out great ! Welcome to LJs : )

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#7 posted 01-31-2010 07:48 PM

Beautiful Bookcase.

Nice build and great design.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 01-31-2010 07:57 PM

GarageWoodworks, I did a layout on the board with my tape measure and and since the router bit is a half inch wide i just made equal distances for the flutes. I also made a sample before i started. Just measure to the center of each flute and mark 1/4 inch on each side of center until you get consistent spacing.

-- Jeff, Laguna Hills CA

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#9 posted 02-01-2010 06:00 AM

I’ll help, take the width of the flute and subtract the number of 1/2” flutes. Then divide by 5. That should be the spacing between the flutes. For instance, if I have a 4” column and 4 flutes then I would take 4” – 2” / 5. Then you can lay out your flutes according to these diminsions. After you perform your layout measure to the center of each flute. Then set the router guide so that the core box bit is centered on the flute you intend to route, and the guide will ride along the edge of the column. Maybe Jeff should write a blog? Could help Jeff. Get to it would ya. LOL

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#10 posted 02-01-2010 06:01 AM

Nice looking bookcase.

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