Barrister's Bookcase - Finished


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23 minutes ago, micks said:

Very nice, Chet! Your first photo almost looked like aluminum rather than walnut for some reason. My initial thought was is it 5052 or maybe 6063? 

The walnut looks much nicer than either.

Ha, Very interesting observation Micks,  I went back and looked, it does sort of look like aluminum 

11 minutes ago, wdwerker said:

A barristers bookcase was my grandfathers last project. He built it with red oak, your walnut & maple looks much better !

I was actually giving quarter sawn white oak a thought but my wife really liked the way the walnut and cherry looked.

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45 minutes ago, Chet K. said:

Next I set up to do the door grooves on the router table.


My test piece.  Because of the thickness of my ply material I needed to be 1 3/16 inches down from the top...


...and 1/4 inch deep.


For the left side frames I need the stop block on the left side.


Test piece to make sure the stop block was the correct distance.


Left side frames done.


For the right side frames I switched the stop block to the right.  This time I had to do a drop cut to start and I also followed with a scrap to eliminate tear out.


Six door grooves.


Next I set up to do a 1/4 inch rabbet 1/2 inch deep for the back panels.  I needed two stop blocks for this so I borrowed the one from my Incra miter gauge - the advantage of having Incra router table and miter gauge.  Another drop cut and I did it in two passes.


And six rabbets

Quiet, I'm hunting wabbits...

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Cut the plywood to rough size.  It takes a little longer when your track saw looks more like a Big Old Heavy Skil saw and a clamp on straight edge, but it's done.

Next I cut some 1/4 X 3/4 inch strips to use for edge banding on the fronts of the top and bottom pieces.


When I glued them up I took a top piece and bottom piece with the banding facing against each other to act as cauls to give me more even pressure on the glue up.  I left the strips proud on both sides of the ply so I can flush them up evenly.


And all clamped up for a few hours.


Then  I cleaned up the glue squeeze out and flushed up the banding with my cabinet scraper.


Then cut all the 3/4 ply pieces to final width and length.



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