Built-in book case & mantle

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Project by tim0001 posted 12-29-2011 09:14 PM 2012 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This set of bult in bookcases uses a lot of walnut and anient kauri for door fronts. The inside is oak. The door panels have applied fabric. Finish is tung oil. This was my first major project and set off many years of wood working. I purchased the wood from a guy that had it stored in a basement for years. The walnut was cut from a single tree and each side is fletch matched. The panels on each side open with shelfs for storage also. The mantle section has inlaid kauri book matched from the center. My wife purchsed the kauri as a christmas gift. My daughter said she would cry if she got wood for a gift! I still have a few peices of the kauri waiting for a special project. These pieces are stump sections – highly figured. I also made a set of end tables that match.

-- TimV

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#1 posted 12-29-2011 09:33 PM

Brilliant! You should be proud of this accomplishment.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 12-29-2011 09:45 PM

Beautiful!! now this is what I love to see..

-- Randall Child

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#3 posted 12-29-2011 09:52 PM

I love that entire room.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#4 posted 12-29-2011 09:54 PM

Another fine example of your super workmanship.


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#5 posted 12-29-2011 10:55 PM

A wonderfully designed and executed room. Warm, inviting, and high on wow factor. My compliments. The walnut and kauri work wonderfully together. The end tables are perfect complement. Well done indeed.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#6 posted 12-29-2011 10:58 PM

beautiful project I the blending of different woods

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#7 posted 12-30-2011 01:34 AM

SPECTACULAR! Thanks for posting that.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#8 posted 12-30-2011 06:15 AM


That is a simply spectacular room! The woods are gorgeous together and the workmanship looks spendid. Thanks for sharing.


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#9 posted 12-31-2011 05:05 AM

Tim, you can be real proud of that ! ! !

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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