All posts filed under: Window Seat Bookcase

Window Seat Bookcase: It’s Done

It’s done. Said with some relief; like a great task has been finally put to bed. The window seat bookcase will soon take up residence in my daughter’s apartment and for the first time in about a year and a half, I can begin to think about what to build next. This bookcase is not the most difficult project I’ve ever built, but it almost is. And this is not because my daughter asked for a complex design. She would have been happy with something nicely designed and made of plywood; with a painted finish. It was me who designed this bookcase and it includes some design features which were challenging pull off. From the outset, I wanted to accomplish something new. I wanted to test myself. Mission accomplished. This was my first full-blown furniture project since I began to acquire hand tools. This was very much a hand plane learning project. During construction, I took two plane blade sharpening classes. I bought additional sharpening accessories. I still have a way to go before I …

A Little Woodworking and a lot of Asheville

It is official: my wife and I want to retire in Asheville, North Carolina. Our six-day visit there was exceptional; a wonderful mix of nature, food (and craft beer) and visiting sites like the Biltmore Estate. I also explored woodworking: I met with two nationally known woodworkers as well as visited craft fairs which featured extremely well designed and executed furniture as well as boxes, bowls, spoons, etc. And we did not get everything accomplished while we were there, so we’ll be back. FIRST, LETS COVER SOME WOODWORKING – I reached a gigantic milestone with the window seat bookcase; it is completely glued-up. Getting to this point caused great gnashing of teeth. I was concerned mostly that the seat would not fit correctly. As designed, the seat fits flush to the sides and the front edge of the bookcase. There is also a portion of the seat which fits between the inside edge of the two outer rear legs (why did my design have to be so complicated?). It fit prior to glue-up, but what about …

It’s Done When It’s Done, No Sooner

I DON’T OFTEN QUOTE CHRIS SCHWARZ, but he wrote this in a blog post today – “It’s done when it’s done, no sooner.” He was referring to some impatient readers who had complained why certain book projects were taking so long to finish. So what does that do with me? I am not one of his impatient readers; rather, I am trying to rush the completion of my daughter’s bookcase project. To satisfy his complainers, Mr. Schwarz would have to rush book projects along. I came to the realization this morning that this bookcase project was just going to have to run its course. No matter how many self-imposed deadlines I make known to others, this project will be completed when it’s ready. The photo above shows the condition of my workshop just moments ago. I snapped the photo to enter as evidence that I am working diligently to get the bookcase finished. My workshop often becomes a mess as a project nears completion because that is the focus: completion. Being organized obviously isn’t high …