old growth tight VG Dug Fir bookcase, mantel, and tv cabinets, Craftsman style

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Project by ZED posted 10-29-2012 06:30 AM 4262 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this is the finished product. I apologize for the poor quality of the pictures. The first picture is the finished piece. The second is the before photo. The third and fourth are booth of the mantle. The customers wanted something that was close to a “bungalow” craftsman style look in Fir and a darker contrasting wood. We went with padouk for the plugs. The tops are solid 1.5” fir glued together and hand planed. The 6” x 2”cap to then mantel anchors the trim strips that accent the top of the mantel. This was added after the original mantel was finished and was made to accommodate all of the exiting pieces. The tops of the TV cabinets are again solid 1.5” fir hand planed. The doors were discussed in a previous post but the overall construction this piece is the beauty. The plugs don’t cover screws some are structural and others are purely cosmetic. Some though are caps for screws. The back panels for the bookshelves are all rabbited to add strength and were made with a festool plunge cut saw for accuracy.
I have never made anything like this. Normally, I build the cabinet box out of plywood and edge-band the ends. The customer wanted 1” solid wood caps on the ends of the cabinets and wanted the tops to be Fir as well. Trying to keep cost down I made the tops instead of buying slid pieces. The counter top on the left is 49” long and 25” deep. That’s 4 pieces glued together and planed. The top under the TV is 40” wide and 13” deep. Matching the grain and trying to “flip” the board’s natural cup were all things I had to research and practice prior to doing it. The shelves in the cabinets are a hybrid of plywood and Fir ¾ stock. I usually had to surface the Fir, glue the two together and then very gently hand plane the joint, again new to me. Feedback is welcomed, thanks for looking.

-- A good craftsman is able to make it work with the tools he has, I still need more tools

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#1 posted 10-29-2012 06:41 AM

Very impressive project

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 10-29-2012 10:15 AM

Outstanding!!! I have the same setup in my living room and you inspired me to choose how to redo mine.

You did a fantastic job, kudos!!!

-- Mike

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#3 posted 10-29-2012 03:29 PM

love love love love love! Absolutely wonderful!

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#4 posted 10-29-2012 06:40 PM

Amazing work. Where did you source the fir from? What did you use for the plywood paneling?

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#5 posted 10-29-2012 09:02 PM

Clean, organized and functional.

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#6 posted 10-30-2012 02:01 AM

Nice work. I expect to see this in the Daily Top 3.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#7 posted 10-30-2012 02:16 AM

This is a great project. You really did a nice job on the design and execution.

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#8 posted 10-30-2012 03:11 AM

Very nicely crafted, great design and impressive details.

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

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#9 posted 10-30-2012 04:01 AM

Thank you all for your feedback. Like I said this was a fun project because there were so many pieces that were new for me.
empeg9000: I live in Anchorage Alaska. I was able to get the ply wood and all the Fir through Hardware Specialties here in town. I have been doing business with them for several years now and they seem to always be able to get me great wood at a reasonable price.
DouginVa: I would love to get the daily top three but some time I think I’m going to have to take better pictures or really improve my skill set to get there, thanks for your vote of confidence though :-)
Again thank you all for your comments.

-- A good craftsman is able to make it work with the tools he has, I still need more tools

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#10 posted 10-31-2012 01:42 PM

I take it this is not construction grade fir but a higher quality than that correct?

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#11 posted 11-01-2012 03:34 AM

empeg9000, Your right this is not “construction grade.” This is old growth tight grain “VG” Fir. I will take and post a picture but the diference is the tightness of the grain.

-- A good craftsman is able to make it work with the tools he has, I still need more tools

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