Craftsman Style Bookcase

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Project by JackMoony posted 08-22-2012 09:12 AM 5526 views 14 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first post here. 6 months ago, I was taking a beginning wood class at the local high school and just happened to mention this to my lawyer, who just happened to have a fairly nice woodshop in his garage and offered unfettered access to me to use it. Combine that with my buddy (who just semi-retired) who loved stickley furniture and showed me what sketchup was, and the wealth of drawings available for anyone who wanted plans to build some really nice furniture.

That’s how it started. I found plans for this bookcase here it lumberjock (plans posted by Schroeder), and couldn’t wait to get started. After many weekends I finally completed it. And I couldn’t be happier with the results!

The bookcase is made up of mostly quartersawn white oak. Only the legs aren’t (probably flat sawn?).
The bookcase has adjustable shelves, greene and greene thinning technique to make the shelve appear to be 3/4” thick instead of 1”.

The finish is ammonia fumed for 30 hours, then a few coats of amber shellac, followed by dark brown paste wax, another coat of shellac, then a clear wax.

-- Chris Wilder, Santa Cruz CA

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#1 posted 08-22-2012 10:46 AM

Pretty darned impressive! Thanks for sharing your story.


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#2 posted 08-22-2012 11:58 AM

Looks great. You’ve done an outstanding job, especially for a beginning wood worker. Look forward to seeing more of your work.

P.S. Looks like lawyers may not be all bad.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 08-22-2012 12:28 PM

Flat out beautiful! Great work!

-- Robb

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#4 posted 08-22-2012 12:46 PM

Beautiful, you have done a fantastic job. The workmanship looks great, I really like the colour you achieved by fuming and the adjustable shelf system is a great authentic detail.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 08-22-2012 01:00 PM

Wow! – That turned out way better than mine! – nice work & craftsmanship!


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#6 posted 08-22-2012 04:32 PM

Now that puts “FINE” into fine woodworking. Awesome cabinet.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#7 posted 08-22-2012 04:47 PM

You have every right to be pleased with the result you have gone to great lengths to make. Very well done

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#8 posted 08-22-2012 06:26 PM

“Fine Craftsmanship”

These are the words that come to mind when viewing your project.
Goodbye, I am going out to the shop to build one!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#9 posted 08-22-2012 09:34 PM

You, sir, are a natural…


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#10 posted 08-22-2012 10:31 PM

Wow, great work, whether it’s your first piece or not! I love the overall feel, as well as the traditional adjustable shelving. And the time and effort you put into the finish really makes this piece shine.

What do you have planned next?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#11 posted 08-22-2012 10:46 PM

Really nice, there are some great details in there.

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#12 posted 08-22-2012 10:52 PM

This Is Just Beautiful. Welcome to LJs, JackMoony!


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#13 posted 08-23-2012 03:53 AM

Impressive piece for a “novice” !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#14 posted 08-23-2012 09:39 AM

I keep coming back to this….Its pretty cool to see someone else make something from my designs…makes me all giddy – I like that you kept to the detailing that I intended – I’m glad you liked the design enough make one for yourself – it will last for generations.


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#15 posted 08-24-2012 07:31 AM

Hi Everyone! Thanks for all the kind comments. It means a lot.

Schroeder, I liked your design immediately; the details are really nice.
I might add that those details also made this project really fun to build.
Thanks for posting your plans and also posting pictures of the completed piece. Having BOTH really helped and answered additional questions that I had had.

PS… I added a picture of the backside

-- Chris Wilder, Santa Cruz CA

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