Castle Bookcase #16: Grand Finale

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Blog entry by RaggedKerf posted 08-16-2013 11:01 PM 1000 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Thus begins the home stretch. Yesterday, I glued up the letters, decorated some little stars and fimished prep on the mirror and frame.

I also wrapped up touch paint and trimmed the excess paint off the base trim where it sat on a plastic tarp during painting. In all, I spent about three hours doing fine detail work.

Today was he final day.

I started applying shellac at 9am and by 1 pm I had two solid coats on the entire bookcase (using a paint brush). I have to say, after using the spray shellac on the medal chest, I much prefer that over brushing. I feel I have better control over the application with the brush, but man are my arms tired. I also had fun with runs and drips and had to sand, recoat and sponge up a few spots.

Anyway, I installed the drawbridge and hooked up the braided rope “chains” I made the other day:

And glued up the mirror and frame:

And after the final application of shellac I used the brown bag trick to buff it to a nice smooth finsih. My daughter, and more importantly my bride, were very impresses, which means MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

What about my 4 year old son? What did he think? And I quote:

“That’s awesome Daddy! I want a rocket one I can climb in!”

Time to start designing….

I will get a picture of the bookcase in it’s new home tomorrow, after drying and airing out in the garage tonight.

But first, I have a new project I need to tackle:

Time today (and yesterday): 7 hours.

Total project time: 41 hours.

-- Steve

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