Ash bookcase

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Project by Dave Smith posted 05-22-2017 06:25 PM 1149 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bookcase is 9’ tall and 34” wide. Case is made from all Ash, back is 1/4” Birch ply. I had posted a question a while back about planing this lumber without tearout. This project is the result. Never could eliminate the tearout completely so much scraping, belt sanding and hand sanding was required. Finished with 2 hand rubbed coats of linseed oil and then beeswax. Built to fit floor to ceiling into an alcove in wall. Due to tight space and the height of the case I can’t get a picture of it in place. Built in 2 pieces for ease of installation. The butterflies are 3/8” thick Walnut and placed to fasten the 2 sections together.

-- Dave Smith - If our phones fall, we panic. If our friends fall, we laugh.

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#1 posted 05-24-2017 12:21 AM

Looks great. I’m thinking of using Ash for a bookcase I’ve been planning so I appreciate the picture.

Any tips you could share about working with Ash aside from the tearout?

-- - Allen (Marietta, GA) In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#2 posted 05-24-2017 01:27 AM

Thanks AllenD. I recently purchased about 400 board foot of old rough cut Ash that a local farmer had stored for 40 some years. This was the first large project with it. The first tip I can give is to make sure everything is sharp. The tearout is the biggest problem. Even a hand plane set to the lightest cut caused tearout. Also, my shop is not climit controlled. The wood really swelled with changes in humidity. I found it hard to believe that as hard as the wood was that the dimensions could change that much overnight. Though here in southcentral Illinois the humidity can go from one extreme to the other in a few hours. That said, it is beautiful wood. Good luck.

-- Dave Smith - If our phones fall, we panic. If our friends fall, we laugh.

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#3 posted 03-29-2018 02:59 PM

Way kewl!! Me and the wife would need about 3 of these for all our books LOL

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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