Friday, 24 June 2011

Small bookcase and window seat.

This pair are pretty much finished, bit more to do on the window seat, and just a couple of coats of hard wax oil. Next time you see them they will be fitted, and I will update then. No wip pic's, as they are pretty straightforward.

Wall hung book shelves in European ash, cornice/crown moulding looks huge, but is going about 8' up so needs to be large. Shelves are adjustable, just on simple posts.

Corner detail on bottom shelf.

Ash window seat with compartment under the lid.

There are a couple of oak veneered panels going on the inside to hide all fixings.

Corner detail, I still need to plane the top rail a touch to get it to fit snug.

Thats what I've been up to for the last couple of days, thanks for looking.


  1. Thank you David, should look nice when in situ.

  2. Ok, a couple of questions: enlarging your photo from the left of the bookcase, I was trying to determine if that is a one piece crown and if so, how was it milled?

    Then, what is your preferred method of cutting raised panels?

  3. Hi Jeff, the cornice isn't one piece, and was just milled as normal on my spindle/shaper. Then cut around the top of the bookcase. My preferred method of cutting raised panels, is again on the spindle. I'm surprised that in america most(not in industry) of you guys don't use them, a far safer way of moulding/shaping stock. Though tooling is expensive, so that maybe why?

  4. I know what you mean - I once took a shop class and we had a nice shaper to use, but these days most everybody uses a router or table saw. I think the shaper isn’t used often because a router is so versatile and router bits are available in just about every hardware store. Not so with shaper bits.

  5. I think the router table has its place, I use one for grooving, and small mouldings. But you get a nicer finish(imho) with a spindle, and you can fit router cutters in some too. I understand that router cutters are easier to come by, but mail order for shaper cutters perhaps? Good router cutters are about the same as cheaper euro cutters over here incidentally.

  6. This great blog used to be updated...Hope alls well mate.

  7. Lol, I've been busy. It will be updated in a few days, with a wip of the kneehole desk I'm making. Then a large bookcase, then some oak wardrobes:-).

  8. I agree about the shaper; seems much better for moldings especially since you can buy knife blanks and shape them yourself for custom work. I've heard you can reverse them, too, for cleaner effects, but I'm not sure.

    Used shaper tables are cheap; the cutters, though run $120 on up each (at Eagle America) so that's a killer. But if I were running molding a lot (and had the room!) I'd go for a shaper for it.

  9. I think you mean climb cutting paul....not for the faint of heart. Never done it myself, so can't explain very well the procedure. Perhaps Matty could chime in?