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12-14-2018 02:49 PM

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Hi

I would like some advice. i am building a barrister bookcase, and have seen many in person, inspected the joinery and hinges and stacking techniques.

I decided to build simple boxes, with uniform and smooth tops and bottoms. i thought i would use brass dowels and sleeves for stacking accuracy and stability. however, it is proving hard to line them up accurately.

does anyone have any ideas for doing this? I would like to achieve accurate line up of sides and fronts, and stability.

any advice is appreciated.

thanks

John I can post a photo if that helps, of them simply stacked


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#1 posted 12-14-2018 03:24 PM

Maybe this can help

https://youtu.be/XmH8rBorj2Y

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#2 posted 12-14-2018 06:46 PM

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#3 posted 12-15-2018 12:32 PM

the Barrister is my favorite office type furniture.
looking forward to following your project.

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#4 posted 12-15-2018 12:47 PM



Hi

i thought i would use brass dowels and sleeves for stacking accuracy and stability. however, it is proving hard to line them up accurately.

does anyone have any ideas for doing this? I would like to achieve accurate line up of sides and fronts, and stability.

any advice is appreciated.

thanks

John I can post a photo if that helps, of them simply stacked

- jwnpgh

The simplest way to locate a dowel is to use Dowel points, or Dowel centers as easy to use as anything in woodworking.

Drill holes on the top of the bottom piece where you want them. For uniformity I would make a template of some 1/8” hardboard so they stay uniform. After the holes are in, pop in a dowel center on each hole.

Then very gently sit the box to be on top, over the centers. Once you are exactly where you want it press down to place pinpricks into the wood. I have found with some woods it’s hard to pick up the pin pricks after they are placed, so first try it on some scrap from the project.

If you can’t clearly see them, either a white grease pencil, or heaven forbid, steal some of the Wife’s lipstick, and very gently make a mark with the “color” agent to highlight where your pin pricks are. The pin pricks are your drill placements.

Take your time, and it’s foolproof. Go too quickly, and make too many marks, and it can be problematic, but transference is the best way to locate something, and with dowel holes this is the best way.

Look forward to seeing your cases.

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#5 posted 12-16-2018 06:58 PM



Maybe this can help

https://youtu.be/XmH8rBorj2Y

- EugdOT

This video served as my inspiration. I liked the way they stacked their sections, but wanted something different. Thanks :-)

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#6 posted 12-16-2018 07:03 PM

The simplest way to locate a dowel is to use Dowel points, or Dowel centers as easy to use as anything in woodworking.

- therealSteveN

I tried this without the jig, hence my post here. i suppose this is the best way.

I appreciate the input guys, thanks :-)

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#7 posted 12-16-2018 07:04 PM

here is an in progress photo, for those interested, and again thanks for the advice :-)

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