A Classic Case
Floating-tenon joinery and curly cherry update a traditional Arts and Crafts design
Synopsis: Although this cherry bookcase wouldn’t be out of place in a 1902 Stickley catalog, it’s made with nontraditional joinery and material. Gregory Paolini offers plans and instructions for this quick and approachable project using floating tenons and router-cut mortises. For a lighter Arts and Crafts look, the material is cherry. The back is of shiplapped cherry, resawn from 4/4 stock. The sides, also resawn cherry, are bookmatched. The shelves are all removable, and the case is stabilized by adjustable levelers so it can safely hold a full load of books. Paolini takes readers through the design and construction of a classic case that is sure to be tomorrow’s heirloom.
Anyone familiar with American furniture would immediately identify this bookcase as an Arts and Crafts design. However, it differs from traditional pieces in two important ways. Arts and Crafts furniture usually is made from quartersawn white oak, but I…
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CAD-drawn plans and a cutlist for this project are available in the Fine Woodworking store.