We need a new bookcase

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Project by jmp posted 11-07-2019 12:31 PM 754 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You may remember I made my daughter, Olivia, an arts and crafts style bookcase in 2012.

This was for her new flat which sadly fell through. The bookcase came back to us where it had pride of place in our kitchen. Earlier this year she moved into a new house and, giving fair warning, took the book case with her.

We needed a replacement.
Also in our kitchen was the maple bow fronted cabinet that I had also made in 2014.

It made sense then for the new bookcase to match this in style. It could also be sized to fit the space where the old bookcase had stood. The build was a straightforward cabinet made from butt jointed maple planks, with dovetail joints at the top and half lap joints at the bottom. The wooden inlay was made with shop made veneer from resawn rosewood. The curves were all scaled down but kept identical to those used on the cabinet. The finish was with three coats of General Finishes semigloss varnish. When displayed side by side with the cabinet, I was pleased with the match.

In no time at all the bookcase was full and a very pleasing result.

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#1 posted 11-07-2019 02:10 PM

Beautiful stuff!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 11-07-2019 02:20 PM

Wow, you lost a beautiful book case and made another of equal beauty. I like the curved front and the floating top.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 11-07-2019 02:31 PM

Wow, really nice.

Great design. Simple yet elegant.

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#4 posted 11-07-2019 03:59 PM

Nice job! I like your design choices.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 11-07-2019 08:01 PM

“You’re what….....taking the bookcase with you!”..........”and now I have to make another one”. Oh dear, not that!
Looks great. 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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