Window Seat Bookcase
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Window Seat Bookcase: The Aprons, Part 2

Subtitle: This is where this project starts to get good.

So far, I have been working on the center section of the window seat bookcase. One look at the SketchUp illustration above shows left, center and right sections. As I build outward from the center section, my excitement for this project builds as well. But, the method of joinery relies on precision work; precision alignment of the holes I am drilling for the dowels, which join mating parts together. Being precise is slow work.

A photo showing where I left off last time.

A photo showing where I left off last time.

So, the recent task for this project has been drilling holes, something which I have gotten pretty good at doing; a couple of mistakes here and there, but all has gone well (see a photo here).

I had to drill 36 holes into end-grain which is tough (another 36 holes into side grain – much easier). End-grain is so much harder to drill into; it has me to putting extreme pressure on my drill and frequently checking to see that all the waste is being ejected while drilling is underway. But, as you can see below, I finally got all 72 holes drilled.

Fitting the left side section.

Fitting the left side section.

Center components being located.

Center components being located.

Dowels sliding into place.

Dowels sliding into place.

The right section waiting to be set in place.

The right section waiting to be set in place.

Finally, the basic shape of the bookcase.

Finally, the basic shape of the bookcase.

This is where the project starts to get good. The basic shape of the window seat bookcase is now completed. Nothing is glued together at this point. There remains a lot of parts to fabricate and I want to make sure I think through the order for glue-up carefully.

Next: I’ll add the back and lower shelf to the bookcase. Later I’ll create the middle shelf and the top. Then it will be time to shape the seat back which means adding the curve to the rear legs and the crest rail. Stay tuned…

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During the week, I sell carpet and rugs for The Dixie Group. Weekends, you'll find me in my basement workshop making furniture.

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    • That is cherry. Not sure I have the color settings all figured out on my camera. I am working on post production photography to get the most out of the poor lighting in my shop. 🙂

  1. Looks great. If I tried to put it together on my bench I would end up with a nice curve. Looks like yours must be straight.

    • A concern of mine is just that – keeping everything straight. 🙂 I used a long straightedge to check the front legs and upper stretchers. I have some very slight planing to do, but nothing drastic.

    • I use SketchUp for illustrations and Microsoft Publisher for page layout, text, etc. I am experimenting with SketchUp Pro and LayOut, but so far I find MS Publisher allows more flexibility from a graphic design standpoint.

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