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  • Cottage Bookcase

    by American Woodworker Editors     Sunday, April 27, 2014
    Cottage Bookcase Reclaimed Douglas fir gives rustic charm. By David Radtke Every board of this bookcase is full of character— nail holes, gouges and even hammer marks. That’s because each piece was pulled from an old Montgomery Ward warehouse...
  • Craftsman Bookcase

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, October 10, 2011
    Craftsman Bookcase Knockdown joinery makes this cabinet easy to build, easy to assemble and easy to move. By Randy Johnson Everyone loves bookcases. This beauty, with its Arts and Crafts overtones, offers abundant storage and style. We used rift-sawn...
  • Sliding Door Bookcase

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 17, 2012
    Sliding Door Bookcase Dust-Free display and no hinges to mount! By Seth Keller Glass doors make a bookcase, but doors that swing on hinges are a pain to install. Ditto for doors that lift open and slide back—on a Barrister’s bookcase, for...
  • Bow-Front Bookcase

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, October 4, 2011
    Bow-Front Bookcase Sleek, gentle curves make it easy to look at. "Sandwich" construction and simple joinery make it easy to build. By Randy Johnson This bookcase combines straightforward joinery and materials in a design that won’t overwhelm...
  • Dovetailed Bookcase

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, November 4, 2011
    Dovetailed Bookcase No screws, no nails---tapered sliding dovetails hold it all together. By Luke Hartle Simple, beautiful, strong. This bookcase is just six boards held together using one elegant joint: the tapered sliding dovetail. Dovetails join the...
  • Stickley Bookcase

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 1, 2011
    Stickley Bookcase How to build a strong bookcase without a back. By Laurie McKichan When I'm designing furniture, I often turn to the Arts and Crafts era for inspiration. I love this style. It’s simple, but elegant. When a client commissioned...
  • Mission Bookstand

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, September 15, 2011
    Mission Bookstand Display your scrapbooks, photo albums and woodworking skills. By Tom Caspar Woodworkers like to see how things work, right out in the open. We love looking at gears, levers and cams, and when it comes to furniture, there’s nothing...
  • Cottage Bookcase

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, September 6, 2011
    Cottage Bookcase Reclaimed Douglas fir gives rustic charm. By David Radtke Every board of this bookcase is full of character—nail holes, gouges and even hammer marks. That’s because each piece was pulled from an old Montgomery Ward warehouse...
  • AW Extra - Grand Walnut Bookcase

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 15, 2011
    Grand Walnut Bookcase Rich Walnut, elegant details and secret storage in a design that's fast and straight forward to build by Randy Johnson Sometimes a new piece of furniture conjures up images from a distant time and place. This bookcase, I imagine...
  • AW Extra 5/22/14 - Two-Part Bookcase

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, May 20, 2014
    Two-Part Bookcase Here’s a big bookcase that you can build in a small shop. By Tom Caspar Building a tall bookcase can stretch the limits of a small shop.We all know that big boards can be a bear to handle and glue up, so I’ve taken an old...
  • Two-Part Bookcase

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, October 17, 2011
    Two-Part Bookcase Here's a big bookcase that you can build in a small shop. By Tom Caspar Building a tall bookcase can stretch the limits of a small shop. We all know that big boards can be a bear to handle and glue up, so I’ve taken an old...
  • Hefty Bookends

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, August 3, 2011
    Hefty Bookends Resaw your own veneer to hide the steel shot inside. Got a small chunk of figured wood that you’d like to show off? Resaw it into thick veneers and make a pair of matching bookends. They’re laminated to conceal holes filled...