Modern Bookcase

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Project by RJones posted 06-17-2008 05:26 AM 3345 views 16 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Designed for a client with modern tastes this project had it’s moments!!! It was construted primarly from alder, with a bookmatched, home sawn, curly maple veneer top and walnut inlay. For a finish I went with 4 coats of the arm-r-seal and the ole shellac/dye trick to help pop the maple. It stands 36” high and is 12” wide and 68” long. Materials run about $300 and I have about 50 hours in it. For details on the construction check out my blog here as I tried my best to keep tabs on the process but…

Sorry about the pics, they’re kinda bad but hopefully tomorrow I can get some better ones!!


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#1 posted 06-17-2008 05:37 AM

Man, that is absolutely beautiful. Amazing work.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#2 posted 06-17-2008 06:24 AM

Great design and detail. You did a beautiful job on this piece. thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 06-17-2008 10:34 AM

this is soooooo beautiful. i love the arc!

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

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#4 posted 06-17-2008 01:44 PM

That’s wonderfull!

-- If you have gone through a whole day without learning something new, you wasted it.

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#5 posted 06-17-2008 02:15 PM

A real work of art!

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#6 posted 06-17-2008 02:42 PM

Nice unique change of design for a bookcase. Inlay looks good too.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 06-17-2008 02:53 PM

Hey RJ;

Two comments:

Fantastic design!

Incredible workmanship!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 06-17-2008 03:12 PM

Thanks everyone! With any luck I will get some better pics today as the ones I have posted don’t really do it justice:(



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#9 posted 06-17-2008 04:07 PM

Hey, Lee said it all above. Great piece!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 06-17-2008 10:42 PM

All I can say is what everyone else has said. Beautiful piece and great design. I just may have to copy this one hope that is alright.

-- F.Little

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#11 posted 06-17-2008 11:05 PM

Just bring a lot of patience as this one is a great test! Charlie’s signature couldn’t be more right “Woodworking – patience = firewood”


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#12 posted 06-19-2008 02:23 AM

Very nice piece.

Can you provide a little more detail on the finish approach you used to “pop” the figure? I did not see details in the blog.


-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#13 posted 06-19-2008 02:31 AM

here’s a link to The Wood Whisperers video on Popping the Grain

Marc does a better job describing the process in his his video then I ever could!


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