Row Boat Bookcase

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Project by BusterB posted 12-09-2016 05:16 PM 2430 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Build this for my son for Christmas. Saw a Amish one similar to this on a trip to Pennsylvania last year and thought he would like it. Didn’t have a plan so just sort of made it up as I went along. 30” wide, 72” tall and 11” deep. Glued up the back panel and cut dados for the shelves. Sides are 2 laminated strips of 1/4” plywood that I kerf bent to fit the base/back. The trim is 1/4” strips I cut out of a pine 2×4. Finished with Minwax golden oak stain and rattle can paint.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#1 posted 12-09-2016 05:34 PM

I like it. Various uses for the design.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-09-2016 06:53 PM

Quite big Christmas present, he must be very pleased with it. Prety interesting and challenging project – boat design could be very tricky to put in reality.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 12-09-2016 07:33 PM

Very nice looking bookcase. You did a great job of bending the wood also.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 12-09-2016 08:14 PM

beautifully done Buster. You really paid attention to the details that set this bookcase apart.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 12-09-2016 08:20 PM

Another fine job by BusterB! That is one fine looking bookcase. The shape is good, the dimensions look good, you even gave it some scuppered gunwales. I think you’re ready to do a canoe. I really like the green too. In the second picture it looks like the overhead door is open, it must not be 20 degrees there like it is here. Great job buddy, I’ll be waiting for the next one.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#6 posted 12-09-2016 10:21 PM

Very Nice looking boat , But does it Float. :)

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#7 posted 12-09-2016 10:26 PM

Nicely created; I like that many people here design as they go.

I think that is an excellent way to make it really your project!!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#8 posted 12-09-2016 11:13 PM

Monte- Thank you sir. I agree, it could be modified into multiple configurations.

Ivan- Thank you sir.

Larry- Thank you sir. The kerf bending worked well in this application since I was able to hide the kerf marks pretty well.

L2L- Thanks. The details were the fun part Lee…lol

Jeff- Thank you sir. Don’t think I am quite up to your canoe building standards quite yet. Up til last night it has been lows in the 30’s and highs in the upper 50’s. Last night was in the teens and it never got out of the 30’s today…sigh

Richard – thank you sir. I bet it would float… right up until it sank…lol would take a whole lotta caulk to make her seaworthy

Railbuck- thank you sir. The design and layout are a big part of the attraction of woodworking for me ….pretty much guarantees that anything I build is an original…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#9 posted 12-09-2016 11:41 PM

Great looking rowboat bookcase—I’m sure your son will really enjoy it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#10 posted 12-09-2016 11:48 PM

Buster, if it looked any better I would put it on the lake and go fishing. haha. Great job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 12-10-2016 01:11 AM

Excellent job Buster ! And see? It’s true what they say …

You can never have too many clamps !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#12 posted 12-10-2016 01:29 AM

” Didn’t have a plan so just sort of made it up as I went along.” You did great, woodworkers often have to wing, it and you had a great ending congrats.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#13 posted 12-10-2016 03:00 AM

Oooo kerf bending, Fancy! Looks great, Buster. Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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#14 posted 12-10-2016 12:17 PM

Buster, this is a good looking bookcase. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 12-10-2016 03:48 PM

Awesome bookcase buster.very fine job.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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