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    Arts and crafts book rack

    I made this little sliding book rack for my sister. It's based on one I saw on that other forum some time back, but instead of qs oak I used lacewood. I was happy with the choice of wood, as each type of edge brings a different figure pattern for added interest. Closed it has 12.5" capacity, full open 25".





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    Last edited by Dan Forman; 01-10-2007 at 07:42 AM.
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    Very neat piece Dan, but that wood.......

    VERY nice, thanks for showing it!
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    Awsome wood choice Dan. That lace wood is gorgeous. Cool shelf too.

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    Nice work Dan,
    Like the rest I love the wood.
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    Wow...that is very cool, Dan!

    To each his own, but this piece has a lot more character than that of one with QS Oak, IMHO. How was surfacing the lacewood?

    The wood makes the shelf stand out, but the design in itself is great, too. My wife is a book nut...just a glimpse and she'd want one!

    Matt

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    arts-n-craft lacewood............cool!
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    Thanks everyone. The design was by Don "Mac" McDonnel, over on SMC. He is trying to upload the plan to a thread over there, I will link to it once it 's up there, for anyone who is interested.

    Matt---Lacecwood can be challenging, there was a small amount of tearout from jointing/planing. I didn't want to sand and dull the surface of the wood, so I handplaned everything I could, resorting to sanding only for areas that were difficult to reach with a plane. This was one instance when I was glad to have the Veritas low angle jack, with a high angle(40*) blade, and mouth set very tight. It was necessary to take very light shavings which just barely held together in order to get a smooth surface. Needless to say, the blad has to be very sharp as well.

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    Very nice job, Dan. I like lacewood a lot...bit of a challenge to work with, but worth it in the long run IMHO. You did great with it, and I'll be keeping the book rack design in mind for potential future projects.
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    Nice work dan. Is the lace wood expensive?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Forman View Post
    so I handplaned everything I could, resorting to sanding only for areas that were difficult to reach with a plane.
    That makes me appreciate the shelf even more. My hand plane work needs some serious practice. And I've yet to add a nice plane to my tool crib.

    Matt

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