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Project by kdc68 posted 12-05-2021 12:02 PM 614 views 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my version of the Arts and Craft Bookcase from Fine Woodworking Magazine. It is from the #179- Sept/Oct 2005 issue by Gregory Paolini. Project plans are available through Fine Woodworking and other sources.

I took inspiration of technique, but however, made changes in design and overall size to this make my own work versus copying another’s and fit my space and needs. Like the plans, I chose to use loose tenon joinery or floating tenons that fit in mortises made with a router. Like the plans, the back is made from solid 4/4 resawn cherry boards and is shiplapped. This design feature is a great finished look for viewing the inside of the bookcase as well viewing it from the back. The end panels are also resawn solid 4/4 cherry and are bookmatched as in the plans. The shiplapped back panels and end panels float inside grooves in the leg posts, stretchers, and rails. Also this has two adjustable shelves, and adjustable levelers much like those in the plans from Fine Woodworking. Like Gregory from Fine Woodworking, I chose cherry in my version. The big changes I made were in overall height, width, and depth of the bookcase. Doing this changed most everything that’s in the plans. I changed the dimensions of the leg posts, width of the stretchers and rails. I arched the front upper stretcher. I changed the width and number of shiplapped back pieces. The number of adjustable shelf pin holes, the method of attaching the top and fixed bottom shelf, and the finish are also different than the plans.

I used a couple jigs, a bit guide collar, and an edge guide with 1/4” up-spiral bits in my routers to create the mortises for the loose tenons, grooves for shiplapped back and end panels in the leg posts, and adjustable shelf pin holes in the leg posts.

I set up my router table with a roudover bit to help create loose tenon stock. Loose tenon stock was machined to fit snug into the mortises, then later cut to length.

I used my box joint blade set to make grooves in the stretchers and rails.

Fine tuning the rabbets on these screw cleats with a shoulder plane. These cleats are used to fasten the top to the bookcase

The finish is multiple steps. It begins with garnet shellac. Garnet brings out the red in cherry and helps even out color variation. I make my own using dewaxed shellac flakes. Second, I used walnut gel stain as a glaze. Instant age and added richness over the red undertones in the shellac. Then satin wipe on poly. I make my own 50/50 blend.

These corbels and large overhang on the top are classic Arts and Craft design features

Three position adjustable shelves. Shelves are notched around the leg posts.

Adjustable levelers with brass finish and rubber padded feet

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once





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Eric

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#1 posted 12-05-2021 12:18 PM

A beautiful piece. Taking a set of plans and making your own modifications yet to keep the same general appearance is a challenge in it self. Great Job.

-- Eric, building the dream

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kdc68

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#2 posted 12-05-2021 01:18 PM



A beautiful piece. Taking a set of plans and making your own modifications yet to keep the same general appearance is a challenge in it self. Great Job.

- Eric

Thank you Eric!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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CiscoKid

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#3 posted 12-05-2021 01:33 PM

Love the finish. You really brought out the character of the cherry and eliminated any splotchiness.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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kdc68

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#4 posted 12-05-2021 01:35 PM



Love the finish. You really brought out the character of the cherry and eliminated any splotchiness.

- CiscoKid

Thank you CiscoKid !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Brodan

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#5 posted 12-05-2021 01:36 PM

Arts and Crafts-,my favorite. Your bookcase is beautiful.

-- Dan, TN

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kdc68

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#6 posted 12-05-2021 01:38 PM



Arts and Crafts-,my favorite. Your bookcase is beautiful.

- Brodan

Thank you Dan !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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JCamp

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#7 posted 12-05-2021 02:00 PM

I’m a sucker for bookshelves anyway but you did a really good job! Congrats on a very nice project

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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kdc68

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#8 posted 12-05-2021 02:02 PM



I’m a sucker for bookshelves anyway but you did a really good job! Congrats on a very nice project

- JCamp

Thank you JCamp !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Dark_Lightning

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#9 posted 12-05-2021 02:41 PM

I love the A&C style. You knocked this out of the park. It’s beautiful!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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doubleDD

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#10 posted 12-05-2021 02:51 PM

That’s one solid bookcase kdc. The fit and finish is professional work. Congrats on your top 3, well deserving.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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kdc68

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#11 posted 12-05-2021 03:01 PM



I love the A&C style. You knocked this out of the park. It s beautiful!

- Dark_Lightning

Thank you Steven!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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kdc68

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#12 posted 12-05-2021 03:01 PM



That s one solid bookcase kdc. The fit and finish is professional work. Congrats on your top 3, well deserving.

- doubleDD

Thank you Dave!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Andre

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#13 posted 12-05-2021 04:40 PM

Very nice, what no #45 in your shop? :)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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kdc68

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#14 posted 12-05-2021 05:01 PM



Very nice, what no #45 in your shop? :)

- Andre

Thank you! No No. 45 here! I do like this No. 92, super handy!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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TucsonTim

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#15 posted 12-05-2021 07:51 PM

Beautiful work. A&C looks nice in Cherry. Thanks for the Pics and the finishing schedule. Bravo…

-- Tim in Tucson

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