Cherry frame and panel bookcase

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Project by Jeremymcon posted 03-21-2018 09:10 PM 1590 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife has been asking me to make a bookcase since I first started woodworking a couple years ago, and I’ve finally gotten around to it!

Very happy with how it came out too! It’s a bit deeper than maybe it needed to be, but I a going to work out.

It’s mortise and tenon all around, no table saw or router table in my shop, so all of the joinery was hand cut. Grooves with a plough plane, shiplap back boards with a rebate plane, edge joints with a jointer plane. Only took me 2 months to finish too, which is pretty good time for me!

Went with shellac for the cherry, with a couple coats of min wax polycrylic on the top and shelves for a little more wear resistance.

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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 03-21-2018 09:15 PM

Nice, simple lines! The cherry looks great. I like the depth … allows for photos and objet d’art … Kudos, Jeremy!

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#2 posted 03-21-2018 11:26 PM

I like the depth too. I find deep bookcases to be more useful. Nice job!

-- Elroy

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#3 posted 03-22-2018 01:13 AM

Really nice! I like the design.

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#4 posted 03-22-2018 02:45 AM

Great job! My wife was just asking me to build one of these yesterday, i’m certainly going to be taking some inspiration from your design.

-- Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing - Nick Offerman

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DeLayne Peck

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#5 posted 03-22-2018 03:40 PM

Heirloom! Love the bookcase and antique tools.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#6 posted 03-22-2018 05:01 PM

You did a fine job building your bookcase with hand tools. Your selection of the Cherry gives the bookcase a warm glow that will gladden any room. Your wife should be very proud that you built such a beautiful bookcase for her.

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#7 posted 03-22-2018 06:51 PM

Jeremy, you have done a beautiful job on this bookcase.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 03-22-2018 07:07 PM

Thanks for the kind words folks! I can’t take credit for the design. It’s based on a couple of bookcases featured in a book that fine woodworking magazine published called “Great Designs from Fine Woodworking: Furniture.”

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#9 posted 03-22-2018 07:36 PM

Good looking, sturdy book cases. Hand cut joinery too!!! Those are skills beyond my abilities.

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

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