Cherry Bookcase
  • The design of the bookcase can be seen below from all angles (rotate image w/ your mouse).
  • It will be made from cherry and have flutes that run down the front and side faces of the corner posts.

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  • 1/01/2010 Today I started on the woodworking for this project. I cut out the corner posts to rough dimension. I will let them rest over night and tomorrow I will square and plane them to final thickness.
  • 1/03/2010 Squared the posts and routed the stopped tapered flutes for the front two posts (design change: only the fronts of the front two posts will be fluted).
  • At this point the posts are not cut to length. I left them long in order to make room for the ramp which was used to make the tapered flute.
  • Close-up of the stopped tapered flutes.
  • Check out my video on making stopped tapered flutes here. (Video entitled "An easy method for making stopped tapered flutes").
  • 1/09/2010 Finished with the grooves in the rails which receive the panels. Also finished with all of the mortises (floating tenons).
  • And yes, there is one extra 'long' rail. Made by mistake. Oops.
  • Today I also hope to make the panels for the left and right side.
  • The blue tape reminds me which side is on the outside.
  • 1/10/2010 Dry fit of a side with panels.
  • Panles were made from resawn 4/4 cherry and are book-matched.
  • Inside view of the dry fit showing the holes for shelf supports.
  • Side panels were glued together last night.
  • 1/12/09 Dry fit of the back panels (1/4" cherry ply) with the glued sides.
  • Entire case is assembled at this point. Because it was so cold in the woodshop last night (50F), I had to let the case cure inside while clamped.
  • 1/17/2010 Finished the top of the bookcase. Roman ogee underneath and a round over on top.
  • Top alternate view.
  • 1/20/2010 Attached the bottom molding. I need more clamps!
  • 1/22/2010 Three coats of polyurethane have been applied (hvlp).
  • Still need to work on the shelves.
  • 2/13/2010 After a little time off I finished edge banding the plywood shelves with solid cherry. I still need to cut the shelves to final width and length.
  • 2/18/2010 Finally finished. Several coats of polyurethane (hvlp).
  • Molding runs around the perimeter of the bottom shelf.
  • Close up of the stopped tapered flutes.