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A Boarded Bookcase

I was planning on making the stacking mitered dovetail bookcases for my daughter until we both both saw the Boarded Bookcase in the Anarchist’s Design Book by CS.
We both enjoy the simple and functional design of this piece.
The only question was what type of wood to use. I found a local sawyer of Port Orford Cedar, but the price for straight grain cedar was over $8/bdft. So I opted for the face grain boards, much more reasonable, total was $67 for all the wood. I had never worked with this type of wood before, so it was a definite learning curve, especially since it was not kiln dried, it came wet right from the saw.

I used power tools to cut and process the wood to size, then used hand tools to cut all the dadoes as per the book. I used wrought head nails and along with hide glue really do make the bookcase pretty stout.

Very good work , looks nice.

-- Wheaties

Unique design

-- woodworking classes, custom furniture maker

Thanks Bruce.

Love those nails. Really beautiful job. Simple and elegant. I remember a thread on this site, or maybe another, about finishing the back. I think it’s important to the craft if not the appearance, furniture gets moved. People see the back. Nice work.

-- -- Alec (Friends call me Wolf, no idea why)

I just finished the “Anarchist’s Design Book”. Good read and interesting, thought provoking projects. Makes me more comfortable with using nails in some of my projects. Great job on the bookcase.

-- Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Thanks guys, appreciate the kind words.

I really enjoyed the ADB, I never wanted to build a chair until I read this book…and I can’t wait to build that work table in Ch 10.

Very clean build.

Well done.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

yeah, I feel the same way about building chairs; I always looked at them as a lot of complicated, finicky joinery; the ADB made them seem like something actually attainable with my skill set.

-- Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Rob, I couldn’t agree more, I feel the same way.
BTW, love your small tool chest, very nice work.

-- Sincerely, Sheri Noble


Very nice!! How’s the fishing going? It was the Minnesota walleye opener here today. Nasty weather, but it’s a big traditional deal here. They figured
500,000 were going fishing this weekend!
Take care! love your work, thanks much for sharing it
Steve Tow

-- Steve Tow

Thanks Steve.

I haven’t fished for a while, the river closed in Mar at the end of the Steelhead season. I only fished for Steelhead 10 days, but did land 3 nice ones. The ocean has started to lay down so limits of Lingcod and Rock fish are being caught, but we haven’t gone out yet. And the ocean Salmon season starts in a couple of weeks so fingers crossed!