Stickley No. 700 Bookcase

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Project by MAO posted 09-01-2020 03:29 PM 1523 views 6 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my version on the Stickley No. 700 bookcase. It is constructed with QSWO with a blend of machines and hand tools – love my hand tools…. I followed Bob Lang’s plans to a tee and I found the plans to be 100% accurate, which I have found very typical of Bob’s products. If you’re interested, drawing can be found here.

The finish consists of a couple coats of dark vintage maple transtint dye, clear shellac seal coat, old masters dark walnut wiping stain (color strike the pores), 2 coats of hand brushed clear shellac and johnson’s paste wax.

I am still very inexperienced in my woodworking journey. I don’t have much time to dedicate to it and still building projects out of my garage. Total project time is never considered as it is just my hobby – my wife claims I am the worlds slowest woodworker – LOL. I just try to complete each activity as well as I possibly can with my current skill level, understanding that speed will come in time. It’s a great hobby for me – a true escape from work and the stresses from life in general.

Anyway, thanks for looking and always appreciative of constructive comments from you fine folks. It always helps me to continue to improve going forward.

MAO (Indiana)

-- MAO (Indiana)

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#1 posted 09-01-2020 03:43 PM

Very nice. I own several Stickley pieces and have built some as well. Bob Lang is as good as they get when it comes to accurate and thorough plans for Stickley pieces.

Most of us are hobby woodworkers. A good project takes as much time and effort as you can dedicate to it. Your comments certainly ring true with me.

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

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#2 posted 09-01-2020 03:48 PM

beautiful piece.

-- 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 09-01-2020 05:52 PM

That’s a piece to be proud of!
I like to think of it this way: Hobbies burn money be it car parts, tickets to games/shows, fishing tackle, beer money, etc etc. If your hobby makes you happy and happens to turn out gorgeous furniture (such as this project) or any helpful nack, then you’re well ahead!

-- - Nick

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#4 posted 09-01-2020 06:05 PM

I see a lot of skill in that there hobby you have! Very nice and an inspiration.

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#5 posted 09-01-2020 06:10 PM

Beautiful piece, and a great finish! Looks fantastic.

The only thing you (and Bob) left out is the leaded glass dividers.

Even if that took a very long time to build, it’s something you should be very proud of.
Nice work!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 09-01-2020 06:26 PM

Beautiful Mark!

Just think “good”, “fast”, “cheap” (choose two)

No need to ever apologize for taking your time, I’ve been “working” on a sideboard for the spousal unit for several years now 8^)

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#7 posted 09-01-2020 06:34 PM

very. nice. indeed!

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

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#8 posted 09-01-2020 07:07 PM

How absolutely stunning.

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#9 posted 09-01-2020 08:45 PM

Life isn’t a race, more a journey. You were just getting used to being around such a nice piece.

I agree about Bob’s work, I have his books.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#10 posted 09-01-2020 09:18 PM

I do have his book and when I got home I looked it up. I showed it to the wife and said this is the stuff I want to build. She said I don’t like the mirror door glass. ; -)

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#11 posted 09-01-2020 09:33 PM

very nicely done, MAO !!
that style cabinet was my Bread-n-Butter before I started making signs full time.
but mine mostly had double doors and 50% or more were gun cabinets.
very versatile design for just about any kind of custom made cabinet.

well done !!


-- there is no educational alternative to having a front row seat in the School of Hard Knocks. --

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#12 posted 09-01-2020 10:59 PM

Wow, was just looking at this bookcase in the same book and online earlier this week! Beautiful job.

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#13 posted 09-01-2020 11:13 PM

Well done Mark! Congrats on the #1!!!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#14 posted 09-01-2020 11:16 PM

You did a great job. The wood and finish look great. I built a chair from Bob Lang’s book. I’d like to add that cabinet.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#15 posted 09-01-2020 11:25 PM

Beautiful, very classic piece

-- Ty

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