Book End Rack

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Project by Roz posted 03-25-2008 06:10 AM 2595 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw this dook rack many years ago and promised myself I would try my hand at making one some day.
It is made of five dowels set firmly in the two end blocks. (One is 8” tall and the other 2”)
The blocks are 8”x 51/4” and the holes drilled into the center block are one size larger than the dowel used to allow for movement of the center block along the dowels. The small end is 21/4 inches tall by 51/4 wide. I used 36” long dowels and cut them in half.
The real interesting part is the jig. I made this to solve the problem of making the dowel holes all line up and are evenly spaced.

THE JIG As you can see the jig is in two parts, a base and a sled. The base is dadoes to accept a cleat down the center and another perpendicular also to accept a cleat, which acts as a stop for the sled. The sled has dadoes on the under side. These dados are equally spaced to allow for repeatable placement of holes. One dado for each hole drilled. The sled sidewalls must be tall enough to hold all three of the pieces to be drilled.
Align the base so the center cleat is under the drill bit and secure it to the drill press. Cut your stock and your off.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#1 posted 03-25-2008 06:53 AM

Very cool design, and they look great. Thanks for sharing.

-- All the test cuts in the world won't stop you from cutting the outside when you meant to cut the inside. doh!

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#2 posted 03-25-2008 06:59 AM

Very nice. Great design.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 03-25-2008 09:42 AM

I don’t get it! What is the jig for? Wouldn’t you just drill through both pieces? Use a third piece 10” plus the saw kerf long and use it for a backer and set a depth stop on the drill press or a stop collar on a drill bit. One backer becomes the next end with the sockets already bored? Am I missing something?

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#4 posted 03-25-2008 01:25 PM

Hi Roz

Great looking book end rack. I can see where the jig would really work slick. In my case, they would be a nice little thank you gift for a customer I had done a cabinet job for. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 03-25-2008 02:23 PM

Cool project!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 03-25-2008 04:01 PM

Thanks guys, Grumpy, I made the jig to make producing them fast and fool proof. I needed to make several for the craft fair I had promised to partisipate in and did not have a lot of time. If you were only going to make 1 or two you could surely do it without the jig. It is important to get the holes to line up and all be at the same distance from the end of the block and spaced evenly.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#7 posted 03-25-2008 07:44 PM

I like this idea. I was looking for a table top bookcase—- this might fill the bill.


-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#8 posted 03-26-2008 12:38 AM

Good job.

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#9 posted 03-26-2008 05:11 PM

A very good design for book end rack. What is the diameter of the dowel?

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#10 posted 03-26-2008 08:07 PM

I used 5/8” oak, but you could go larger if you wanted. I would not think a smaller dowel would be good becasue they carry the weight of the books.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#11 posted 03-29-2008 04:28 AM

Ah-oh, there goes another project onto my list. Very nice!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#12 posted 04-14-2008 06:35 AM

I am a book nut. I love the concept. Phenomenal.

-- Tim, Charleston, SC. 2 Blessed 2 B Stressed

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