Oak Library Bookcase and Fire Surround

This was a very rewarding project for me to make. Small batch production for all the various elements made the job more economical for the customer and they were rewarded with one of the most pleasing traditional styled rooms I have worked on.

We started with a site visit and discussion and then I prepared an elevation drawing and costing. Both were accepted and I started on the seemingly endless preparatory steps (cutting lists, hardware selection, ordering materials etc.)For this job I went to the timber merchants near Ripon and selected two Boules of European Oak(whole sawn logs) as in the first picture.

The cabinets are all made from oak veneered mdf with the front edges lipped with solid timber, and the first week in the workshop was taken up with making the five base units. Five top units in week two, ten base doors week three, ten top doors week four, mouldings, tops, cornices etc in week five. That was the idea but it all took a bit longer than that in the end.

The cabinets are assembled and then the front frames are fitted to them. The frames hold the cabinets square so that the doors will hang neatly. The construction is very similar to that for a fitted kitchen with cabinets supported on adjustable legs.

The doors are all of the same mortice and tenon construction with loose panels retained with beading. The panels are solid oak in the base cabinets and toughened glass in the top ones. The doors are hung with antiqued brass hinges .