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When I convinced my wife that my oversized bent-arm Morris chair had to be in the living room, I caused a problem. It fit but left no room for a table upon which to set my beverages! Necessity is the mother of invention.

To match the chair, I used a combination of quartersawn and strait grained oak. To minimize the footprint, I went with a slant sided bookcase style I had seen in a Stickley catalog. Since my wife is a fan of owls, I purchased a nice art tile from Medicine Bluff Studios to grease the wheels.

A few things a purist will notice is the closed shelf on top, and a mysterious hidden slider shelf on one side… The side that faces my chair! Those reading the first paragraph know what the shelf is for. The trick to creating it was accomplished by routing a dado in the slider and using Teflon to make it operate smoothly.

The trickiest part of the build is the angled dadoes for the shelves. Had I intended on producing more of these, I would have tried to create a slanted router base. As it went, I spent considerable time with a chisel. Another solution would have been to set the dadoes back from the front by an inch. Live and learn.

It came out pretty nice. The wife likes the owl. And my beverages have a perch within arms reach!

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Beautiful design and work!
Fantastic piece.
 

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Beautiful job. I'm not a huge fan of owls but that is a really nice tile and your wood working skills show case it very well.
 

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Very impressive design and execution. I am a huge fan of both owls and Stickley furniture.
 

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+1 on Stickley and owls. Nice work!!
 

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Great project!!!

Well done on the work and design…Love the way you incorporated the owl.
 

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Excellent design and build. I really like the way you incorporated the owl tile.

Thanks for posting.

Bill in MI
 

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That is such a great design and the tile makes it awesome. Well done.
 

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Nice piece. I'll probably steal your beverage tray idea at some point. You can't beat Mission, Stickley, QSWO and all three never go out of style.
 

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Thanks for the comments. I know the light blue is pushing the muted natural look of real Stickley, but if he had access to this owl tile, who knows!
 
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