Craftsman Style Bookcase

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Project by Kevin_S posted 01-18-2019 03:29 AM 1017 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I mostly followed a set of plans to build this bookcase which I don’t normally do, but I wanted to be true to the style and the plans were so close to what I had in mind anyway. I altered a few details. For example, I did not use shelf pins to support the shelves. I figured out where I wanted them and built in supports permanently at that height. Adjustable shelves are for store bought bookcases.

The wood is sapele which I haven’t worked with before. I liked it, but it tears out when going through the planer, so a lot of sanding was involved. The piece is not stained, it just has polyurethane semi-gloss on it. The wood darkens considerably with just that clear coat.

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#1 posted 01-18-2019 01:03 PM

Love the sapele, great piece!

-- I've quickly learned that being a woodworker isn't about making flawless work, rather it's fixing all the mistakes you made so that it appears flawless to others! Jay - FL

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#2 posted 01-18-2019 01:37 PM

Very nice.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 01-18-2019 02:11 PM

Looks great, and I am lovin the wood choice.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 01-18-2019 04:53 PM

Absolutely lovely.

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#5 posted 01-18-2019 11:35 PM

I see in your profile it says “Beginner woodworker” seems your bookcase here doesn’t reflect that.
Great job, and yes I find that sapele can be difficult to work with. looks great once done though.
Nice job.

-- Hand Skills provide freedom.

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