Solid Red Oak book case

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Project by MSRiverdog posted 03-03-2014 06:58 PM 1681 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Latest from the shop, in the shop, complete with one of the shop dogs. Little on the large side for the size of the shop but I got er’ done. Solid oak, tricky dealing with the expansion on the bottom shelf, we’ll see in time if I was right, plans as all of my projects were some place tucked away in my head. Height 31.5, top measures 85.25 by 16.5, bookcase itself is 78.5 X 15.5 and will be on the ledge by the stairway in our entryway with enough space on the ends for the cats to sneak through.


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#1 posted 03-03-2014 11:37 PM

Nice bookcase.

-- Woodworking with Limited Tools

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#2 posted 03-04-2014 03:12 PM

I’d say Emily got a very nice bookcase. Well done!

-- Pat-Indianapolis

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#3 posted 03-04-2014 03:53 PM

Nice work…Did you consider using Oak veneer plywood for the carcas to remove the wood movement factor and then do the top/frame in solids? Awesome dogs by the way..I have goldens, but I love GSD’s..I’m in Ct as well..I used to live in Plantsville..


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#4 posted 03-04-2014 04:22 PM

Yeah I did Brad but I really like solid wood, wanted to try it and don’t need any more extra plywood hanging around. The bottom is sized for up to 3/8 inch rear movement into the back of the rail assembly, the uprights inside are morticed into groves in and glued to the back stiles, Top is screwed to a back rail flange with expansion clips on the front part to stringers under it. I ran out of wood and used laminate flooring for the shelves with a cap on the front of them, color is close enough. If it doesn’t look right in the house I’ll cut some new ones after I get up to CWG next time. Raised panels are a combination of a 3/4 straight bit and a 1” bowl bit. Bottom rail assembly are actually boards 5 inches wide milled to fasten to the skirt and hold it all together. If you ever want to get together let me know.


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#5 posted 03-04-2014 05:27 PM

This is definitely a good looking example of a bookcase!

I am supposed to build one similar for my wife as she is an avid reader and, although she has an ereader, she has a lot of books too that she wants to keep.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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