Oak Bookcase

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Cutting Joints.

Sorry there has not been much to show over last couple weeks. I have been preparing the parts. As you can see from stack above, there are a lot of parts to this bookcase. Note I cut the top and sides alittle longer, since I was not sure how many times it would take to cut a good dovetail join for top. After these have been cut everything will be trimmed to size.

Cut list
5Shelves48 x 8 3/4 x 7/8
2Sides80 x 9 3/4 x 7/8
1Top49 x 9 3/4 x 7/8
1Bottom Shelf48 x 9 3/4 x 7/8
1Center Shelf Support80 x 3 x 7/8
2Kick Plate49 x 2 1/4 x 3/4
2Side Molding80 x 1 3/4 x 3/4
1Top Molding48 x 1 x 1/2
2Back Frame Side80 x 1 x 3/4
1Back Frame Center80 x 2 x 3/4
2Back Frame Top/Bot48 x 1 x 3/4

In this section I will show all the cuts that have to be made to the pieces so that they can hold together into a bookcase. All the shorter width pieces have been jointed together, plained, scraped (and/or sanded) to size. It is easier to get major part of surface preparation out of way before beginning to cut joints. You have nice open surface to work with and it will make the final job of cleanup much easier and quicker.

img_1269 Parts cut to width, thicknessed and scraped smooth. Sure is alot, and they are heavy!

Top Dovetails

img_1287 The top is hooked to the sides with a dovetail joint. This is a one of the strongest joints. This one did not come out too bad for first try at them. It took three tries to get first one right.
img_1288 Tails side, this is on top. Pins are on sides.
img_1300 Test fit of dovetails. I really need a bigger shop! This picture was taken after the dados below were cut.

Dados for shelves

img_1289 Process of hand cutting dado joints for the shelves to rest in. First measure the shelf placement and a second line 1/2inch below for to make sides of dado cut. This are also going to be 3/8 inch deep.
img_1291 Next step is to cut along the lines down to the 3/8 inch mark. These will act as stop cuts.
img_1293 You can just see the mark from my marking guage here.
img_1295 Next take your chisel and hollow out the dados. I did this first by cutting across at 45 degree angle, then cutting other side. Finaly running my 1/2 inch chisel down flush to 3/8 mark.
img_1296 Using adjustable square ruler as depth gauge. Set to 3/8 inch (see below). By running it along inside of dado I can feel any high spots.
img_1297 Ruler set at 3/8 inch.
img_1298 All cut, note they do not align since I have not yet trimmed the sides to same length. The length ended up being 77 inches.
img_1302 Cutout on sides of shelves. 1/2 inch from top and 3/8 inch in from end.
img_1304 This is how shelves fit into sides.

Front Side Molding

img_1310 Test fit of shelves and molding (molding needs to be cut to lenght and rabbit joint needs to be cut to hold it). It is starting to look like a bookshelf finally. Some books on it for looks.
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The side is cut with a rabbit to fit the molding over.
  img_1378 The back of the molding is cut with a channel to fit the rabbit.
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  My new (old) Record No 043 plough plane that I found. This really saved me alot of time with cutting channels.
img_1381 After the channels were cut, cutouts where made to accept the shelves.
img_1421 Close up of how shelves fit into front molding.

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