Wood art Bookshelf

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Project by Ricksfaith posted 06-13-2011 01:22 AM 109754 views 13 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a few examples of my of my wood-art bookshelves. They are made mostly from spalted american red gum (satin walnut), red oak limbs, spalted sycamore (lace wood). The most difficult thing in making these shelves is the joinery that it utilized in the placement of the branches or limbs that intersect the opposing components of the shelves. Everything is dowled together. The alignment of the parts is what is critical in the overall appearance in viewing from all anglles. The branches appear to have grown naturally through the shelves. Working out the jig to use to cut the branches was the most difficult avenue. Once that was done, the same jig was used on a stationary disk sander to finish to close tollarance. Next came the dowling of the branches to add the strength needed in holding it all together. The basic part of the shelf is just simple mortise & tenon. The leaves were mostly done useing walnut or or blue spalted red gum. Thats where the power carving comes in. I used to carve leaves, like these, by hand with my pocket knife. An air-powered die grinder is the must have tool for this after roughing out on a band saw. I use poly-urathanes for my finishes and when it is completed it has a hand rubbed satin finish appearance that is smooth to the touch.
Well, so much for the info, I hope you all like the work.

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#1 posted 06-13-2011 01:50 AM

Those look awesome. I love the branch idea. Great job.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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#2 posted 06-13-2011 02:49 AM

Very nice! Beautifully done, I’m sure it took a lot of work to make them look so intertwined.

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#3 posted 06-13-2011 03:19 AM

Nice looking shelves, looks challenging.

-- Jeff,

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#4 posted 06-13-2011 10:36 PM

They’re all so wonderful , I can’t decide on a favorite !!

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

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#5 posted 06-13-2011 11:09 PM

Yeah, I like it!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#6 posted 06-14-2011 07:44 AM

Nicely done. Each of the shelf units look very organic.

-- Chris Wong -- --

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#7 posted 06-15-2011 07:38 PM

Beautiful shelves. I like the second one best.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#8 posted 06-22-2011 06:00 AM

Nice work. I like all of them.

-- Gerald, Illinois

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#9 posted 06-27-2011 03:46 AM

Really great work! Truly art in wood.

-- Pack Rat Bill

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#10 posted 05-31-2015 01:44 AM

I love these shelves ,i want one really bad

-- susy

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#11 posted 05-31-2015 05:18 PM

Beautiful! Well done. I see some of this in my future.

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

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#12 posted 05-31-2015 06:49 PM

That is a wonderful rustic shelf. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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