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The Ultimate Bookcase

By: Phil Huber
Woodsmith Shop Season 16 Episodes 8 & 9

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Watch Episode 8 | Download the Plan

A bookcase can be so much more than storage. This bookcase goes to the next level with Greene & Greene details.

In the early 1900s, two brothers, Charles and Henry Greene, designed home (and everything in them) in a way that set them apart from what many people think of Arts & Crafts design: heavy and blocky. Their work is alive with flowing shapes, curves, offset surfaces, and contrasting details. E1609 Bookcase

Watch Episode 9 | Download the Plan

The houses they designed are referred to as the “ultimate bungalows.” Over two episodes, we set out to build an Ultimate Bookcase that incorporates the design language used by the Greenes.

For woodworkers, all those details add up to fun shop time. The design of this bookcase goes all out. There are glass-paned doors, drawers with proud finger joints, decorative splines, and some amazing mahogany.

If the Woodsmith Shop isn’t on in your area, contact your local public television station. Or stream episodes here.

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The drawers on this bookcase are assembled with large finger joints. This is hands-down my favorite jig for making this attractive and strong joint. 160609 FramePlan The Greene brothers designed a whole range of homes and the furniture and accessories that go inside. Here’s a picture frame that’s inspired by their work. Enough detail to make it interesting and small enough to tackle in a weekend.

Published: Feb. 14, 2023
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