Arts and Crafts Bookcase

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Project by Jero posted 03-06-2012 11:30 PM 3539 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A arts and crafts style bookcase. Made entire of white oak. Double top (a little bit of japanese style), solid adjustable shelves, full inset doors on the bottom, white oak rear panels that were re-sawn and planed down to about 3/8” thick. Mortise and tennon construction throughout.

I ammonia fumed the peice. Built a shelter around it with thin poly, and placed some ammonia on the interior. After 3 hours I pulled out the ammonia. I then put boiled linseed oil on it to bring out the color. I then put 3 coats of brush on lacquer.

In these pictures it looks lighter brown than what it looks like in my living room. It looks much darker (maybe its just the lighting). Next time I’m going to try Kevin Rodels recipe of using Tried and True Varnish oil on top of the ammonia fumed white oak.

-- Jeremy - Marshfield, WI

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#1 posted 03-06-2012 11:59 PM

Really well done, a grand bookcase. I like the doors, the little bit of reveal between the rails and styles, good choice of hardware. And wow, fumed that whole thing – it sure turned out great.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 03-07-2012 12:06 AM

Wow, that looks great. Nicely done!

-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts

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#3 posted 03-07-2012 12:11 AM

Nice bookcase!

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#4 posted 03-07-2012 01:02 AM

great looking bookcase, i am planning in the near future of building one. i am new to the lumberjocks but have been reading and looking at yals projects a lot. a lot of great craftsmanship on this site

-- The College Woodworker

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#5 posted 03-07-2012 06:24 AM

Nice lines!

-- Life so short, the craft so long to learn

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#6 posted 03-07-2012 01:11 PM

Beautiful, great job!! Like the design.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#7 posted 03-07-2012 11:36 PM

I love it ! And you are right : nothing gets close to the delicious color of fumed oak. I did use it on a kitchen table a few years back (still have to get the photos online) and I think I had used Rockler’s “salad bowl finish” oil. If you don’t mind, I might steal your design for my own living room ;)

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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