Arts and Crafts Book or Storage Shelf

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Project by TDog posted 08-30-2012 10:20 PM 1551 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is an arts and crafts shelf I built this year initially for books in my office as my other shelves are overflowing.
It started out good. The rails and stiles are all hand chiseled mortise and tenon with a couple helpful strokes on the table saw to get things started. It was a good learning process as squareness of so many mortise and tenon joints competing with the correctly cut length shelf boards is quite the tug of war to put it mildly. Well in the end the shelves turned out OK. But, OK is not good enough to go into the house yet. The plan came from Arts and Crafts Furniture, a book published by Popular Woodworking with contributions from very talented professional woodworkers and writers. The plans were great. I was where the problem was on this one (hurrying it).I work a regular 40-50 hour week job in addition to the hobby/startup business of furniture building. This project is built from Recycled Barn Timbers from the same huge barn roof I built the coffee table which is also shown in my project section on LumberJocks.

We get lots of use from it to stay organized and not lose our little guy’s or our big guy’s (me) shoes. The lady of the house rarely loses anythings as she has the amazing talent of focus and organization that skipped myself and my son so far at least a little. We put shoes and flip flogs and other items on it. I will try again with yellow pine or cherry in the future when I can make more time for it during the summer and actually put that one in home office, maybe after biting the bullet to buy that nice Powermatic bench top mortising machine…Ooh La La. So, here are some pics. Feel free to comment and check out Dunlap Woodworking on Facebook for more blog posts and furniture pictures.

God Bless and have a great day…
PS Save the economy buy American Products, Use American Materials . Anyway have a good one.

-- "So many little time..." Psalm 23

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#1 posted 09-04-2012 10:52 AM

Looks like a good try. Keep trying and mortise and tenons wil get to where you wonder what all the fuss is about. Or so I’ve been told. Honestly, I have found them easier over time, but I still know why everyone seems to look for an esier way to make them.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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