Cherry Book Case

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Project by DustyMark posted 02-25-2013 04:40 PM 1582 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not sure when this was completed. I usually sign and date my projects and I couldn’t find my signature. I probably completed this project between 2000-2004.

The top is dovetailed to the sides with a Leigh dovetail jig. The shelves are fastened to the sides with the Leigh multiple mortise and tenon jig. I added stiffeners to the front of the shelves since this used to hold my theological and woodworking library.

The profile of the top molding is cut by running across the table saw at an angle and raising the blade up 1/16” each pass until final depth is reached. A bead was added with the router for more visual detail.

The back is made from a sheet of cherry plywood. I experimented with a frame and panel back on my china hutch and was quite pleased with that look. It’s more wood and work, but has a very classy look. That would have been a good upgrade on this project.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#1 posted 02-25-2013 05:05 PM

Nice bookcase. I like the large cove moulding, and the overall size and proportions the piece has.
Great work!

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

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#2 posted 02-25-2013 07:52 PM

Nice clean looking piece

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 02-25-2013 08:25 PM

Impressive crown to a fine piece.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#4 posted 02-26-2013 12:15 AM

Thanks! The molding does add a lot to a simple project like this. The close-up almost makes me want to cover the nail holes, but you don’t notice them in person from a normal viewing distance.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#5 posted 02-26-2013 01:57 AM

Nice bookcase.

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#6 posted 02-26-2013 02:45 AM

Very nice! I really like that.

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#7 posted 02-27-2013 05:32 PM

Looks great, sturdy and well made. Like the joinery and moulding which makes it elegant.

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