Authentic Arts & Crafts style. Furniture maker Gregory Paolini demonstrates the essential steps for constructing an Arts and Crafts-inspired book rack in this Fine Woodworking workshop DVD that includes a Bonus SketchUp Plan.
Designed to hold DVDs, CDs, and, of course, your favorite books. This practical piece replicates the look and feel of the progressive furniture designs of the early 20th century that placed new-found emphasis on simple lines, honesty in construction, and truth to materials.
Learn traditional techniques and innovative ideas, too. Based on Gustav Stickley’s no. 74 design, this book rack features through-tenons, book-matched end panels, and V-shaped shelves. To achieve a striking grain match, Gregory uses a traditional book-matching technique with a twist. Instead of using hard-to-find 2-inch oak lumber, he opts for a lamination method that’s equally effective – a technique you can easily apply to other projects.
A classic piece that celebrates the beauty of unadorned wood. True to its heritage, this book rack features exposed joinery to emphasize the structural quality of the design and an easy-to-apply ammonia-fumed finish that brings out the beauty of the wood’s figure. Build this handsome piece to enjoy now and add skills to your repertoire that you can use again and again.
Skill Level: Intermediate
About the Author Gregory Paolini began woodworking in high school and found that he had an affinity for the Arts and Crafts style. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., he and his wife moved in 2006 to a small town near Asheville, N.C., which is now becoming a vibrant center for woodworkers and their craft, Gregory’s home is not far from the Cold Mountain of best-seller and movie fame.
Length: 43 minutes