Little Journeys Bookcase

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Project by Sunstealer73 posted 03-17-2018 08:11 PM 1477 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this small bookcase based on the Stickley “Little Journeys” bookcase. The original was a knock-down version with wedged tusk tenons that could be shipped flat and assembled by the buyer. It was sized to hold a complete set of Elbert Hubbard’s Little Journeys books. I built this for my god-daughter’s 1st birthday.

Since it didn’t need to be knocked down, I did through tenons that are glued versus wedged tusk tenons. I’m not real good with curves, so I did an angled design for the feet versus the original’s curved feet. The wood is quarter sawn white oak and finish is Watco Dark Walnut Danish Oil, then Sealcoat shellac, then several coats of Minwax Wipe-On Poly.

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#1 posted 03-17-2018 08:39 PM

Nice design – I like those straight/angled cuts and edges.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 03-17-2018 08:45 PM

That came out really well. I really like the look of it.

-- Elroy

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#3 posted 03-17-2018 08:46 PM

Sun, that is very attractive. Are you concerned about wood movement?

-- Art

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#4 posted 03-17-2018 09:13 PM

This is a wonderful project and it turned out beautifully.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 03-18-2018 12:09 AM

Thanks guys.

As far as wood movement, there’s really no cross-grain construction to worry about. The shelves and legs should move together. The top would be the only concern with the battens underneath, but I used figure-8 connectors between the two which should allow the top to move as needed.

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#6 posted 03-18-2018 12:59 AM

You can’t go wrong with a Stickley piece. You certainly did a great job on it. I’m always a sucker for a good looking Craftsman piece.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#7 posted 03-18-2018 01:35 AM

What a beautiful gift. Looks great!

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