Stickley #72 Magazine Cabinet

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Project by Todd A. Clippinger posted 04-10-2011 05:49 AM 6527 views 8 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have limited time and needed to build a small book stand for our house. There are 2 style you can’t go wrong with and they are Arts & Crafts or Shaker.

I thought the Stickley #72 Magazine Stand would fit the bill perfectly. The original actually had an arch at the bottom of the side panel but I made it as drawn by Robert Lang in the book More Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture hence the side panel is straight on the bottom.

I have a stack of black walnut up on the shelf in my shop and I was determined to use only what I had on hand and not to buy any new material for this project. This worked out pretty good for the most part with a little exception.

You will notice that I included the knots and they are found on the 2 sides as well as a prominent location on the top. I was not afraid to include them at all. Careful placement utilizes such characteristics as an accent.

The stock for the legs had a lot of tension in it so the legs came out bowed and I could not tame them without using screws. I did place the direction of the bow in a manner that I would be able to tame the unruly shape by fastening the leg with screws to the shelves. I used trim head screws because they are small and so a 1/4 inch poplar dowel filled the hole. I did not have any maple dowels and stuck to my plan to use up material in my shop.

The finish is 3 coats of ML Campbell’s MagnaMax which is a pre-cat lacquer with amazing durability. I love the way it sprays, flows out, hangs on vertical surfaces when wet, and buffs out. I can do 2 – 3 coats in an hour depending on shop temperature.

Black walnut tends to fade over time so I stained it with a custom color that is not too dark so it looks very natural. I used Sherwin Williams BAC wiping stain. It dries to topcoat with a lacquer finish in 30 minutes. I don’t mess around with a 24 hour dry time like most stains offer. I have limited time and I need to get projects done and out of the shop.

All things considered, mission accomplished. I reduced the pile of stock in the shop and now we have a small bookcase.

And one more thing, I proved to Rita that I CAN finish a project for our house;)

If you are interested in finding an ML Campbell dealer in your area use the ML Campbell locator.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 04-10-2011 05:54 AM

Very Nice Todd , Great looking.


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#2 posted 04-10-2011 06:30 AM

Todd: A great looking magazine stand.

The walnut is outstanding.

Nice idea on the trim screws. and light colored pegs.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 04-10-2011 06:57 AM

Todd , I can’t believe that you stained the Walnut …it looks perfectly natural !
I love the knot inclusions and I thought the pegs were Maple before reading your post : )
Care to share any of the dimensions with us ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Bob Kollman

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#4 posted 04-10-2011 07:12 AM

Nice work, I like your appraisal of the well placed knot. I often work with walnut and worry
about what my customers might feel about my well placed knots…Needless to say I try to
bury them in the back of the project…I sometimes feel the way you do about bringing the oddities
up forward, but I’m always stressed out about what a customer might think. In the picture
your dowel looked like maple to me so I think the poplar worked out well. You can’t go wrong
with walnut!!!! I really like your project.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#5 posted 04-10-2011 09:20 AM

Really nice, looks like it’s from one single lumber!
Love so much the color originality.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 04-10-2011 10:04 AM

Lovely walnut warts and all. You are right it does add character, I feel the same about the sapwood in walnut. It is a natural part of the wood and I don’t always hide it. Beautiful job.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 04-10-2011 02:33 PM

very nice book shelf todd, if at all possible i try to include the knots, as for me i love to celebrate the whole tree and what it was…knots and all, i just added 80 board feet of walnut to my wood store…and i have a nice load of pecan coming from a tree that just came from my yard..ive got some plans stirring …im sure rita was happy with the finished project…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 04-10-2011 04:13 PM

Good stuff Todd. Who can’t like a beautiful walnut piece like this? I am really digging the knot placement & the popular plugs. Just enough to send this piece from nice to “Nice!”...

Enjoyed following along with the build of this piece over on Twitter. Thanks for posting up…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#9 posted 04-10-2011 04:30 PM

I especially know what you mean about finishing a piece for your own house! Is the ML Campbell’s pre-cat laquer a product carried by Sherwin-Williams? I am especially interested in something that has such a quick dry time…

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#10 posted 04-10-2011 04:35 PM

Really love it, especially the knot. I like to hide my knots in plain sight! The walnut is glorious.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#11 posted 04-10-2011 04:36 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind words.

Cranky Rocker try the ML Campbell locator to find a distributor near you.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#12 posted 04-10-2011 05:46 PM

great looking bookcase
I love the way you fixed the problem with the legs. They look great.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#13 posted 04-10-2011 10:02 PM

Todd, thats a nice bookcase.

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#14 posted 04-11-2011 01:42 AM

nice clean work with character !
like the simple but effective lines
well done todd !!!


-- Kiefer

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#15 posted 04-11-2011 02:47 AM

Hi Todd;

Real nice project.

Good talking with you the other day.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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