Crabtree Woodworks

Custom Wood Furniture / handmade in Wichita, Kansas

Book cases for Sharon , 2


Its been a lot of time between posts due to things happening in our lives. A new Granddaughter and Grand Niece only a  month or so apart. Also other things that have kept me from woodworking. I am kinda getting back into the swing, so hopefully these bookcases will get underway.  The cases will sit on either side of our fireplace, they will be twins.  We are mixing period furniture up again so I have to be careful to make everything work together and look like they were meant for each other.  The bottom with drawers will resemble a lowboy out of the 18th  century, but the top display cases will be divided light, like arts and craft or mission style furniture. I will add little touches here and there to hopefully blend this all together. Here is an example of a simple divided light mission bookcase, and a low boy of the 18th century. Hopefully I can pull this off.

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To make divided light panels I use a set of special router bits .  Constructing in this manner is a bit time consuming but is also very wood saving. Lots of glass instead  so she can display what nots and other stuff. I put a divided light frame together out of cheap poplar wood I had laying around to see what it would look like. The cases will be made out of Walnut, like the TV stand I built, they will be in close proximity of each other.

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We will probably use  antique wavy glass in the panels.

I have decided to make top first and come back to the leg carving later in the project . So I guess I am building these top down.

I have also started tooling up and making molds for a future project. This is something I have wanted to do for a long time. There is lots of new science and technique that will go into this, so I am taking it slow.  I am also  collaborating and learning from someone who is a pro. They will be getting a lot of questions from me as I proceed.  Hopefully I will have something finished around Christmas 2015. Look at the pics below, can you guess what I am talking about?

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2 comments on “Book cases for Sharon , 2

  1. Steve L Butts
    May 12, 2014

    WOW, now that is a cabinet that would look awesome in our home. Would it be possible to get the cost for such a cabinet with shipment and handling.

    • Crabtree Woodworks
      May 12, 2014

      I am not building on consignment at this time. Thank you for your interest. The picture I think you are referring to is a simple mission case that is pretty common in the antique mall circuit. The cases that I am building will have some of that influence, but also incorporate an 18th century ball and claw bottom section. Check back with my blog in the next couple of months for the finished pieces. I may be caught up enough to consider a consignment.
      Thank again
      Mark C.

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