Bookcase with threaded wood joinery

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Project by moshel posted 12-04-2012 10:05 PM 3986 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back after a long time…

this is a collapsible bookshelf made after a design of a friend of mine. he used tusk tenons but I decided to go with threaded wooden rods as i just had the beall jig and couldn’t resist it. it worked really well and i think the result is interesting and pleasant to the eye.
made of recycled rimu, rods are beech and nuts are black walnut. finished with varnish/BLO/Turp

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#1 posted 12-04-2012 10:33 PM

That is a brilliant idea. You did a great job on this. I like it a lot!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 12-04-2012 10:40 PM

I like the rustic look of shelves!
Best regards, Mosel.


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#3 posted 12-04-2012 10:45 PM

I likes a lot! Creative way to join breakdown furniture!!!

I just may have to steal this idea. ;)

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 12-04-2012 11:21 PM

Welcome back.. and a nice way to come back… with a great project… that I have now seen before…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 12-04-2012 11:56 PM

I like the idea of the book shelves extending to the wall to use gravity as a force as well. :-) Nice way to use your nw toy….LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 12-05-2012 12:41 AM

Neat idea. Different approach.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 12-05-2012 01:39 AM

You’re thinking outside the box… Or bookcase. I’ve got a 1” tap and die set I bought a long time ago. I’ve used them for mallet handles, paper towel holders, and lots more stuff, but never anything like using them for holding a bookcase together. Nice work!

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#8 posted 12-05-2012 02:13 AM

I really like the offset mass / gravity idea. First thing I saw – hit me like a brick!. Cool.
What thread size and pitch did you use?

-- It's easy when you know how - but that's the hard part. Ontario, Canada

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#9 posted 12-05-2012 04:12 AM

Thanks everyone for your comments. linjay – its 3/4” inch thread. it was made by the Beall jig so i don’t know the pitch. as i said – the brilliant design was not mine. its surprisingly easy to make and very stable because of the dadoes.
next i plan on making a trestle table with nuts instead of wedges, to complete the look!

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#10 posted 12-05-2012 01:10 PM

Cool way to join the shelves. I just had an idea on how I might use this for a project that needs to break down for storage. Thanks!

-- Chris K

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