Stickley bookcase

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Project by jdh122 posted 07-12-2021 10:20 AM 872 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just finished this Stickley 700 bookcase. I used quartersawn red oak, which is much easier to get locally than white. I bought the plans from Robert Lang ( The friend I made it for grew up a few miles away from the Roycrofters in Michigan and so this is a little piece of home for him.

I ammonia fumed it, but could only get my hands on household strength ammonia (6%), so I left the pieces for two weeks in the tent, replacing the ammonia 3 times per week. It darkened up quite nicely, although I don’t think the color goes as deeply into the wood as it would with a more concentrated ammonia solution. Tung oil for the finish.

I originally thought I might try to do the leaded glass myself, but the craftswoman at the glass supply place locally said she could do it for $100, so we hired her to do it, I think they turned out pretty nice.

I only have one photo, since I didn’t install the door until the piece was in place, and my friend sent me the photo once he had it all loaded up. The ray fleck on the top is pretty pronounced.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#1 posted 07-12-2021 11:50 AM

That looks great. Nice work.

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#2 posted 07-12-2021 12:10 PM

Very nice. It looks like the fuming looks turned out well.

Bob Lang is a great source for Stickley and Arts & Crafts shop drawings and plans.

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

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#3 posted 07-12-2021 12:51 PM

Nice Job, should be a Top 3 award winner.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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#4 posted 07-12-2021 01:57 PM

turned out real nice.

-- 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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#5 posted 07-12-2021 03:12 PM

I like that look, it turned out very nice.

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#6 posted 07-12-2021 06:50 PM

Thanks for the kind comments, everyone. I think the original Stickley design on this piece really gets everything right, the proportions just seem to be dead on. I might make myself one, one of these days.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#7 posted 07-12-2021 07:37 PM

Beautiful man!! Great build!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#8 posted 07-12-2021 11:31 PM

Looks first rate in every detail.
Fine finish as well.
You should be very proud indeed.

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

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#9 posted 07-12-2021 11:34 PM

Wonderfully done!

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#10 posted 07-13-2021 12:16 AM

That’s truly wonderful.

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#11 posted 07-13-2021 12:28 AM

Awesome work

-- Kerry Landry

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#12 posted 07-13-2021 06:23 PM

Thanks again for the nice comments.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#13 posted 07-16-2021 04:42 AM

Very nice. I like the leaded glass.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#14 posted 07-25-2021 03:48 AM

Such a nice piece of wood work. I am a fan of the arts and crafts movement. At the moment I am working on a pair of end tables I will be posting soon. I didn’t use the traditional fuming. Instead I used a 7 step staining process that matches some antique arts and crafts furniture I have. It takes a long time but worth it in the end. Well done!

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