French Fry Friday #1: November 5, 2010

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Blog entry by Chris Davis posted 11-05-2010 03:31 PM 1286 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I started a theme for each day of the week. Fridays will be “French Fry Friday” and I’ll be talking about some sort of accessories that I build. Why “French Fry Friday”? I always here “would you like fries with that?” Fries are a side item and not part of the main meal. Same thing with the accessories or smaller items that I build. I blog about the big stuff but neglect the smaller stuff. So hear is a chance for often overlooked items to shine.

This first one is a bookcase that was part of a larger bedroom group. I carried the theme of the rope molding and base molding throughout the set. One thing that is very different then most bookcases is that it’s a cross or hybrid between a frameless and a face frame building style. I say that because it appears to have a 2 ¼” face frame but if you look at it closely the sides are actually that thick. This give it a beefier yet keeps the inside smooth and unobstructed. The aren’t really cut from a 2 ¼” slab, there is a frame that is sandwiched between two pieces of ¾”. All of it is then capped. In this older style I capped it with ¾” oak hardwood, but when I use this style in new versions I use a veneer to cap it. It give it more of that slab feel.

The bottom molding is a stacked design and I believe I hand cut the coves on the table saw and hand sanded it out. It has been so long, I’m not for sure on that. Recently I’ve been taking stock crown and modifying it, but that doesn’t look like my crown.

I just love how small changes can drastically change a piece of furniture.

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#1 posted 11-05-2010 04:25 PM

simple and nice

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#2 posted 11-06-2010 03:22 AM

Thanks Chris. I like the effect of the thick sides. Smaller projects need attention too!

-- -Willing to try

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