Walnut Bookcase with Swept Legs

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Project by BigRedKnothead posted 01-28-2017 01:18 AM 3118 views 11 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s the bookcase I just finished for my wife. Details:

- All solid walnut
- Arm-R-Seal for the finish
- All pewter hardware from Lee Valley
- Waterfall glass ordered from the local glass place

All the rest can be found on my blog:

Long live black walnut,


oh ya, every piece seems to have a soundtrack for me. I wore out this album during the build:

View on YouTube

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#1 posted 01-28-2017 01:25 AM

Well done Mr. Knothead, the missus must be pleased.

Great job Red. How did you keep the proud dovetails even and uniform in height?

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#2 posted 01-28-2017 01:34 AM

Well done, Red. I like the proud dovetails as well.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#3 posted 01-28-2017 01:36 AM

Red, that is just plain stunning. It just doesn’t get any better than black walnut. That waterfall glass is outstanding.

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#4 posted 01-28-2017 01:42 AM

You may have mentioned somewhere along the line (before writing about it on your blog) that those legs are from a bowed board. I didn’t know that until now – great use of that “flaw.” I’ll have to keep that in mind myself.

Beautiful bookcase, Red.

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#5 posted 01-28-2017 01:42 AM


-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 01-28-2017 01:46 AM

Dayum son!

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#7 posted 01-28-2017 01:48 AM

Dat figure tho.

-- -Dan

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#8 posted 01-28-2017 01:56 AM

Beautiful joinery and figure in the walnut! Nice job!

-- "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." -- Pablo Picasso

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#9 posted 01-28-2017 02:10 AM

Lots to like on this one. Well done, I am even coming around on the wavy glass. Dovetails, arches, walnut, hardware…good stuff.

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#10 posted 01-28-2017 02:24 AM

Good job Red. Be proud of that build.

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#11 posted 01-28-2017 02:39 AM

Absolutely magnificent! The proud dovetails are stunning. The waterfall glass really sets it off. It;s certainly in a class by itself.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#12 posted 01-28-2017 02:47 AM

A very beautiful piece Red, very classy looking.

-- Brian Noel

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#13 posted 01-28-2017 03:04 AM

Beautifully done, Red.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#14 posted 01-28-2017 04:18 AM

I want to say that I appreciate all the little details you put into this case. The cathedrals on the door are a great eye catcher, and the dovetails look fine indeed. The finish looks sublime.

Yet somehow the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. You have developed quite an eye for design, Red. The whole piece just says one-of-a-kind quality craftsmanship.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#15 posted 01-28-2017 04:33 AM

awesome build Red , love it ,thank you for the song it hit home ,beautiful song

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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