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End of an Era

Project made from MDF

Cantilevered Bookshelf

This is my Cantilevered bookshelf.  The design originated with the letter "F".  The shelves are designed to wedge themselves at specific heights on the tapered 7' post.  Each...

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Re: UPDATE: Fine Woodworking's Tables and Chairs


Re: UPDATE: Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman by Peter Korn

I'd love to read this book

Re: UPDATE: Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers - The Basics with Dave Richards

This looks like a great guide. I'd love to have it.

Re: UPDATE: Windsor Chairmaking by James Mursell


Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Guitar Lessons by Bob Taylor


Re: UPDATE: DVD Giveaway: Fine Woodworking 2011 Annual Collection


Re: UPDATE: Building Small Cabinets by Doug Stowe

Commenting again

Re: UPDATE: 2011 Fine Woodworking Archive DVD-ROM (1975 - 2011)


Re: UPDATE: Building Doors & Drawers by Andy Rae

Count me in

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: 4 "issues" of The Missing Shop Manual series


Re: We're Giving Away Grooving Planes!

No offense Matt

Re: We're Giving Away Grooving Planes!

"Calm breaths. Don't look down. I'm sure my thumb is fine...
BILL!! Bring the gauze, I did it again!!"

Re: Against the Grain: Bone-Headed Bandsawing

FineFineFine, I'm not sure where the plaid in my closet came from. As far as facial hair, I remember that before I went to furniture school I couldn't grow a beard to save my life (neither can my dad). But about the time I graduated it seemed to fill in almost overnight. I consider it my diploma.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Woodworking Techniques from Fine Woodworking

Looks like another good book.

Re: Small box was fun (and quick) to make

I know how you feel about wanting a project that takes a couple of hours instead of weeks. That's how my 2 year old son ended up with a chair. I got to quickly knock out a project, use up some scraps, and make my wife and son happy all in one night. It's a great way to prototype chairs too. It seems that all of my friends are having kids now, and I've found that they make great gifts.

That box looks great by the way. I like the idea of the sectional lid. And I've got one of those 12" phi rulers. Great ruler, but it doesn't get used for its intended purpose much either.


Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Esherick, Maloof, Nakashima: Homes of the Master Wood Artisans by Tina Skinner

A book worth having if I've ever seen one.

Re: Shop cabinet done right

Nice Cabinet, especially for the shop. I think projects like that are a good way to test design ideas.

I agree that the multi-ply edge does look good. It reminds me that I was in a modern furniture store in western NC and noticed a book case. Apparently multi-ply is too expensive for some company because they actually were using plastic edge banding that was made to look like multi-ply.

I never thought I would see immitation plywood.

Re: UPDATE: DVD Giveaway: Surface Preparation and Staining by Hendrik Varju

count me in

Re: IWF Alert: Student furniture wows crowds

The work that comes out of Haywood Community College is always disproportionate to the recognition that the school receives. Schools such as Rochester and Savannah get a lot of recognition and publicity, but Haywood always holds it's own in competitions.
To be fair, I am a HCC graduate from 2004. I never understood why the school didn't seem to be well known in the woodworking world. It didn't make sense to me that the wellspring of numerous Niche and IWF winners was so relatively unknown. In my class alone we had 3 graduates, that took home 4 awards from IWF, one receiving "Best in Show". The next year one of the students accidentally entered the professional instead of student catagory for the Niche award and subsequently won.
The quality of instruction at HCC is excellent. First under Wayne Rabb and now under his former student Brian Wurst. It doesn't suprise me in the least that one of his students would take home 2 first place awards.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to suggest that the teaching alone is what won the Design Emphasis awards. Melissa Engler obviously has an eye for design. But channeling her innate ability through Brian Wurst's teachings has taken her work to a very impressive level.
I just hope that Haywood Community College and it's instructors (past and present) get the recognition they deserve.

PS. Asa, thank you for doing posts on this year's IWF, and especially for including the student design competition. I also appreciate seeing my alma mater recognized. Thanks again.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Choosing & Installing Hardware by Robert J. Settich

I hope it's as good as the other books in this series.

Re: More Details on the Carlos Osorio Tablesaw Lawsuit

OK, if the guy/crew went to the trouble of removing ALL of the safety features from this saw, what makes us think that he wouldn't have removed or bypassed the flesh sensing part of it?

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Working with Tablesaws, from the editors of Fine Woodworking

The first comment of many I'm sure

Re: Cutting-edge High School Woodworking Program Thrives in Ohio

This is AMAZING to see coming out of a high school!! This inspires me to want to be a teacher. I love the dancing bookshelf.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: The Chairmaker's Workshop by Drew Langsner

Ah, chairs... they have to look good, and be stucturally sound. Oh, and then on top of that people have the audacity to want them to be comfortable too? Next thing you know, they'll probably want you to make a set of them...

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Windsor Chairmaking by James Mursell

I've always felt that a finely built windsor chair was a mark of a true craftsman. I've always wanted to build one.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: The Wood Finisher's Handbook by Sam Allen

Design: check
Joinery: check
Finishing: uh, not so hot.

Re: UPDATED: Giveaway and Poll: The Most Requested Woodworking Gifts of 2009

I have a young kid so all gifts this year revolved around him. We had a wonderful Christmas!

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Craftsman Furniture Projects from the editors of Woodworker's Journal

Early Christmas Present?

Re: Update: DVD Giveaway: Working with Plywood by Hendrik Varju

I'm always interested to learn as much as I can from anyone willing to teach me.

Re: Call for Submissions: Get design help from Fine Woodworking and Hank Gilpin

Is there a timeline for this? Have I missed it already?

Re: All Way Cabinet

My that is a very fine cabinet!!

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: 500 Chairs and 500 Tables

Chairs Chairs Chairs...

Why do I keep making new ones when they can be such a pain to get right?

Re: Bench Cookie Giveaway

I'm curious if these cookies live up to all that they claim.

Re: Art Nouveau bookcase

I'm always impressed with people that can pull off a Art Nouveau piece. This is high quality design.

Re: Vote for the Winner of the Creative Bookcases Gallery Challenge

If building furniture was only about practicality, then book cases would only be made out of planks and cinderblocks, and we would sit on the floor or on logs instead of chairs. Creativity is what seperates the interesting from the boring. I think this photo challenge shows that there are many right answers to the question "what is a bookcase/shelf?" Also, I have to say that I think most are very practical and suit the purpose that they were made for. Not every bookcase is made for a school library.

Re: End of an Era

JBushman, thanks for the comments. As far as the balance of it goes, when all of the books are removed it is easily tipped. That is why the old encyclopedias are on the bottom shelf.

Re: Switchback bookcase

Great design! I think with a little adjustment you could easily make this a great production item. Thanks for posting the alternate photos.

Re: Curved Bookcase in Bamboo

Great design. The middle curve with the short shelf is a nice touch.

Did you use bamboo veneer to do the bends, or just for the outer surface?

Re: End of an Era

I'm glad it's made you happy.

Anatole, all of the books are discontinued library books. Most are bad novels from the '80s. You should see some of the writer's photos on the books. Huge hair and big shoulder pads.

Cocopuffed, no offense taken, I was trying to make it look like it was puking when I was making it.

Re: Cantilevered Bookshelf

Thanks Pilotjoe, I made this a few years ago and don't remember exactly, but I think I set the angle of the post according to how it looked. I did a few sketches and then set the post behind some boards that simulated the base and a couple of shelves. I adjusted the post until it looked correct and that was it. By the way I have a cousin named Joe who was a pilot.

Re: Cantilevered Bookshelf

hey rhenton,
The post fits through from the bottom of the base. Then I routed grooves across the base and post on the bottom. Then I glued splines in and it has held for 5 years now.

And Thanks for the compliment shavemaker.

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