Posts Tagged ‘Porter-Bookcase’

Porter’s Bookcase

Friday, April 8th, 2016

I finished the bookcase a couple weeks ago and delivered it to a happy customer; my son Porter.  The bookcase is made from 12/4 and 4/4 cherry with cherry plywood for the shelves.  All of the panels were made by re-sawing 4/4 cherry to create a book-match.  Book-matching creates a center of symmetry which allows the figure and color of the wood to blend seamlessly.  Although the back panels will likely never be seen, after it’s filled with books, I couldn’t resist book-matching them as well.   The bookcase was finished with a mixture of BLO/Poly/mineral spirits in equal parts.

Like most of my projects I filmed the entire build process.  Why not watch part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4 now?


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Porter’s Bookcase

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

I made a lot of great progress this weekend.  I finished preparing the book-matched panels and I glued the carcass together in two stages.  I first glued the back together, with its two panels, and then I glued the front together.  The two halves were finally glued together with the two side panels.  Everything went together really well and now I am ready to start on the top and the shelves.

I have been filming the build for this project and I’ve released two videos so far.  If you’ve missed them, you can watch part 1 and part 2 now.


It’s Cold and a New Project

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

It’s been pretty cold here in High Point NC. In fact, it’s snowing as I type this.  And I am not a fan of woodworking with numb fingertips.  I have a propane heater, but I don’t like using it; it takes a while to reach a comfortable temperature and it’s smelly.

My wife has been asking me to make Kid-2 (Porter) a bookcase for his bedroom.  Just like cold weather, I am not a fan of making bookcases; I think they’re boring to make (my favorite piece of furniture to make – by far – are tables).  I bought the lumber (4/4 and 12/4 cherry) and I plan on starting on the build very soon – in the cold.  Just like all of my projects, I will be filming the build for you to view and criticize 🙂