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.