Bookcase tower

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Project by lightweightladylefty posted 06-24-2008 07:18 AM 2149 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bookcase was a wedding gift for my nephew and his wife about a dozen years ago. I never anticipated sharing them online all those years ago so the photos are not very good.

I had fun making the moldings, using a number of different router bits on three separate pieces which I assembled to look like one large molding on top. At the time I was using a pre-1950s 8” Yates American tablesaw that I had picked up for $10 at a garage sale and an 8” miter saw wihch was incapable of making an accurate miter so I made 90 degree cuts on the moldings and formed sculpted corner blocks for the top and bottom moldings.

The center shelf is stationery; the others are adjustable. Made from red oak with a 1/4” plywood back, the height matches that of a standard door.

Thanks for looking.

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#1 posted 06-24-2008 01:31 PM

Neat looking bookcase, looks like it fits the spot. Very good build

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#2 posted 06-24-2008 02:51 PM

Looks good! I’d like to see a better close-up photo of your moldings.

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

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#3 posted 06-24-2008 03:23 PM

looks good to me!!! creative solution on the tool dilemna…

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#4 posted 06-24-2008 05:02 PM

Great work on the project and the especially on the crown moulding.

What you did is exactly what is called for if one does not have a shaper and specific bit available.

Great Job!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 06-25-2008 09:20 AM

Nice job on that molding. Great old project.

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

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