Walnut Bookcase

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Project by RandallEdick posted 02-15-2012 01:49 AM 7173 views 26 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made from Walnut stock. I used an old method for creating the shelf supports which I’m pleased with. The Acanthus leaf carvings were hand carved, I left the chisel marks to distinguish it from N.C. machine made.

If you’re interested in how to build the “sawtooth” shelf supports see:

You need a subscription to finewoodworking (recommended) to see it, so if you don’t have one, it’s done on a table saw in a method similar to making dentil molding, that is, on a sled with a “key” set into the sled. It takes 3 passes one at 45, one 90 and another with a dado blade to clean out the bottom of the tooth. It’s done on one wide board, which is then ripped to make supports which match exactly.

The cremone bolts and parliment hinges came from Van Dykes www.vandykescom. The bolts are solid brass and an excellent value (1/4 of what I saw elsewhere).

Bookcases might, arguably, be obsolete, but home offices are NOT, and this added a LOT to the office.

-- Randy

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#1 posted 02-15-2012 01:54 AM


-- cut that out!

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#2 posted 02-15-2012 01:57 AM

Randy, looks great. Very nicely done on the acanthis. I like the bold dentils as well. I see you coped the muntins. Looks like you went for extra credit on that one. JB

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#3 posted 02-15-2012 02:00 AM

Beautiful work. Now the job begins…..fill it up!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 02-15-2012 02:48 AM

Absolutely beautiful cabinet and great craftsmanship.

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#5 posted 02-15-2012 02:52 AM

Beautiful book case great job.


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#6 posted 02-15-2012 03:15 AM


They are absolutely gorgeous! Such a lovely design and incredible workmanship!

Thanks for sharing and welcome to LJs. We can’t wait to see more of your work.


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#7 posted 02-15-2012 04:04 AM

Beautiful work, it looks awesome. Welcome to LJ’s glad to have you here.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#8 posted 02-15-2012 04:14 AM

Hey Randy that is the most awesome Bookcase, just beautiful workmanship ! you have a great name also,


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#9 posted 02-15-2012 04:43 AM

What was that noise? oh yeah.. my jaw hitting the floor.

Awesome bookcase!

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#10 posted 02-15-2012 04:55 AM

Very, very nice. That’s a work of art.

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#11 posted 02-15-2012 05:26 AM

Wow, I really like that. Being somewhat “new” to woodworking (2 years), I’m not sure of all the styles, etc.
But I really like the style of this piece. It has a lot of straight lines, crisp details and sharp edges, yet the carvings add some curves to the mix and are excellently executed. A very nice piece indeed!

Someday I will have the confidence to attempt a piece of this magnitude, but for now I will stick with the small “skill builders” and necessary shop pieces.

On another note, I disagree with the bookcase becoming obsolete. While I can appreciate and embrace the new “E-readers” and all the electronic media that technology has brought into our lives, there is just something about a good old book that electronics just can’t replace.

As well, I’ve never had the hard-drive crash or the battery die when reading a book, which is a major plus.
And, they do look good sitting in a nice bookcase.

That’s one thing I really enjoy and appreciate, simply going over to my bookcase and pulling out a book to go and sit in my chair and read. And when guests come to my house and see my bookcase full of books, they know I like to read and also what I like to read. It’s hard for a Nook to deliver a message like that.

-- Kenny

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#12 posted 02-15-2012 05:35 AM

I love it it is a top 5 for the year for me to see I absolutely love it I think the carving are nice and that you did well do you carve often or was this your fist try at it ? I am curious about the saw tooth shelf bearing system is it hard to align and how do you make them. did you use power tools or was all this done by hand . Didyou do a sketch up of this I would love to have a copy of the plans for this did you use new glass or was it float glass I really want to know about the hardware where did you get it and do you have the model numbers I really want to make this project and will try very hard to make mine half as nice as yours Pleas Pm Me any info on this piece your willing to share and 5 out of 5 stars

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#13 posted 02-15-2012 05:48 AM

Beautiful bookcase!

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#14 posted 02-15-2012 08:57 AM

Nice bookcase, seems professional.

Have you designed the bookcase by yourself or have you got plans from somewhere? Can you share the plans?

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#15 posted 02-15-2012 11:39 AM

Bringing in the “old age” shelving made it for me, Great job.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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