Slots Reinforce

SHELVES. With the template flipped, tne author will roul through-mortises for posts and rout grooves for dowels. The lauan overlay strips allow foi the thickness of the guide bushing. The inserts are removable

dean up the sawmarks, test for fit. and shape the edges and ends.

For the end-frame assembly, use a slow-setting glue. Then w hen installing the shelves, carefully drive the wedges so that you don't split out the shelf ends.

The top fits onto the end frames with a sheet-metal screw and a T-slot. 1 made two keyhole slots on each end to align with four screws centered in the top of the stiles see the drawing detail . Let the top mine separately from the end frames because the rails have grain running crossways.

Fuming and Finishing

This book ease was filmed with ammonia to darken the oak, but the piece rakes on an entirely different look when you use other finishes. For example. I painted one white for a light appearance, and I varnished another for a natural look.

If you fume with ammonia, its healthier to do it outdoors. If, instead, you make a fuming chamber for the shop, as I did (see the photo at right , be sure to exhaust the fumes outside to minimize your exposure to the noxious gas. I sized my chamber to the bookcase and put trays for the ammonia in the bottom. Polyethylene wraps the framework top, back and sides. And duct tape laps all the seams. The chamber is on casters, so I can roll it out of the way. The front door is plastic-covered and screwed over the opening. For a seal. I used closed-cell weather stripping on the door back. I bought concentrated 28% ammonia Iroin a blueprint supply company.

During fuming, the wood closest to the ammonia darkened more than the rest, so 1 placed a small fan (available at heating supply stores) inside to circulate the fumes more evenly. I keep the tray bottoms barely covered with ammonia and judge the wood's color over a day or two. Ideally, all the ammonia in the trays will evaporate, but to make things safer, turn on the exhaust fan, and crack the door a bit. After I retrieved my bookcase (without shedding a tear . I applied five coats of Waterlox oil/varnish to the piece.

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