Sepele Bookcase

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Project by BlueRidgeDog posted 01-04-2020 04:54 PM 988 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finished the case. Sepele with Wenge and Padauk inlay. Case is dovetailed, stiffeners are doweled in with Walnut dowels. Base is Walnut. Ended up square and stiff. I had not planned a for a back and it would probably have been fine without it.

The glue up was a pain as the joints were a bit too tight.

The finish is four coats of Osmo, with 0000 wool and lube applied after coat three and coat four being as thin as possible. The images really fail to do the figure of the wood justice. The Sepele glows with gold and shimmering effects. Owner was stunned at how the figure came out.

There is a blog about it if you want the particulars, though I have not posted the last entry yet. The design is not my cup of tea, but was developed via sketches with the owner. I do like the tension and balance in the marquetry.

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#1 posted 01-04-2020 05:20 PM

Looks good. The inlay on the sides is my favorite detail. The back isnt too bad but I still think it would look better without one. Personal preference I suppose.

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

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#2 posted 01-04-2020 05:54 PM

that came out real nice.i love the inlay and the back looks good to me i prefer a back on a book case otherwise stuff always falls off,unless you mount it tight to the wall.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 01-04-2020 06:13 PM

AN all round interesting design with some awesome woods.

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#4 posted 01-04-2020 06:30 PM

What are you lubing with? Mineral Spirits?

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#5 posted 01-04-2020 06:35 PM

That’s an impressive build. Nice work on the inlay.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 01-04-2020 06:45 PM

What are you lubing with? Mineral Spirits?

- stnich


If you are doing a hand applied finish (or spray) it gives a chance to remove nibs, smooth out the sheen and address any imperfections before the final coat. I find it gives an amazing end result with Osmo. I can’t seem to “preach” it enough. Prior to the wool rub, I will go over with a card scraper and address any big issues (runs, pools or areas where the grain was not flattened/smoothed) getting a perfectly flat surface for the final coat.

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#7 posted 01-04-2020 06:47 PM

AN all round interesting design with some awesome woods.

- BurlyBob

Thanks. There are parts that I like and may re-use. The wood combination worked much better than I expected.

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#8 posted 01-04-2020 08:47 PM

Looks good, got to love that OSMOs !

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#9 posted 01-04-2020 09:39 PM

Really nice build and selection of woods. The case came out great.

-- AJ

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#10 posted 01-05-2020 08:43 AM

Thats some really fine looking sapele, unusual, wild grain patterns.

Also a fan of the inlays!

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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#11 posted 01-05-2020 12:34 PM

I too like the inlay. Looks like a perfict fit.

-- Petey

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