Mahogany Bookcase

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Project by Pat3 posted 04-30-2020 11:17 PM 877 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Slant Front Bookcase will be going in our Master Bedroom once the finish is fully dried.
I used power tools to dimension the wood, then used hand tools for the joinery.
Lots of hand sawing, chisel work and router plane to make all the shelf dados. The shelves are 1/2” thick and the dados are 1/4 deep.
The back is made from 2 boards ship lapped together plus a small bevel on one edge of the boards. The back is nailed on every other shelf with 1.5” wrought head nails.
The Finish is Tried and True Linseed Oil/Beeswax.
The dimensions are 20” wide x 69” tall, the bottom shelf is 8.5” deep and the top shelf is 5” deep.

I should say that my wife was fully involved in all this build, including coming up with this design, based on a bookcase we saw at the lumber yard. She chose the wood, joinery, dimensions and what type of finish.

Here are a couple more photos:

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#1 posted 05-01-2020 01:11 AM

Great materials, thoughtful design, and nice handtool pics. What’s not to like?

Love it Pat, terrific job!

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-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#2 posted 05-01-2020 05:56 AM

Thank you Smitty, it was a very enjoyable project.
Appreciate your kind words, you da man!

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#3 posted 05-01-2020 11:00 AM

Nicely done. Thanks for sharing

-- What I make is for others....How I make it is for me.

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#4 posted 05-01-2020 12:57 PM

Great lines. I would have guessed Sapele as the wood.

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#5 posted 05-01-2020 01:38 PM

Nice work. And thanks for including the build photos.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 05-01-2020 03:08 PM

I really like the design and the pics as well.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#7 posted 05-01-2020 03:12 PM

Thanks guys.

BRD, it probably is Sapele, but the BORG had it labeled as Mahogany.

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