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Frank Pellow

Building a traditional bookcase with my niece Jessica

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I have cut away back on my scroll saw projects in 2017.  That's because I have taken on a lot of furniture making projects.

 

The biggest of these, so far, has been a large bookcase made out of quarter-sawn white oak and using traditional techniques such as mortise/tenon joints and lap joints.  We started with the rough sawn oak shown in the first attached photo and, after about a total of 120 (wo)man hours, ended with the bookcase shown in the second photo.

 

One of the objectives of this was for me to pass on a lot of knowledge to my niece Jessica.  Jessica is quick learner and a joy to work with.  Two summers ago we built a small cabin together.  Both the bookcase and the cabin are now hers.  Jessica is getting married next autumn but we hope to be able to work on other projects after her marriage.

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Frank, your a lucky man to have someone to pass your skills on to. I have a daughter who likes to do woodwork projects, she's always into something.

Len

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Outstanding!  Nice work on the book case.  Love the look of QSWO.  Even better that you are mentoring your niece.  The memories and the legacy you are creating with her are priceless!

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I have cut away back on my scroll saw projects in 2017.  That's because I have taken on a lot of furniture making projects.

 

The biggest of these, so far, has been a large bookcase made out of quarter-sawn white oak and using traditional techniques such as mortise/tenon joints and lap joints.  We started with the rough sawn oak shown in the first attached photo and, after about a total of 120 (wo)man hours, ended with the bookcase shown in the second photo.

 

One of the objectives of this was for me to pass on a lot of knowledge to my niece Jessica.  Jessica is quick learner and a joy to work with.  Two summers ago we built a small cabin together.  Both the bookcase and the cabin are now hers.  Jessica is getting married next autumn but we hope to be able to work on other projects after her marriage.

Keeping wood working as an interest for her can't be all bad.Beautiful job.

 

This project was not entirely scroll-saw-free.  Here are a couple of photos of the plaque attached to the back of the bookcase.

Lasting memrobilia!

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Congratulations to you and Jessica.  Looks like a top notch job.  I would love to have that bookcase in my home.  How wonderful that she wants to tap into your knowledge and skills and you are willing to "share" and teach.  She will treasure all those pieces and have no doubt they will be come family heirlooms.  Thanks for sharing.

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I thank everyone who responded about the bookcase that Jessica and I built together.

 

I'm very fortunate in that I have many family members and friends that enjoy working with me and, together, we have tackled countless projects over the years.

 

Looking back, Jessica is probably the person who I have spent the most time instructing.  I'm attaching four photos of a small cabin (we call it a bunkie) that we designed and  built together in  the summer of 2015. 

 

 

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