fancy painted bookcases #1: bottom cases

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Blog entry by jeffreymbdavis posted 03-30-2010 06:40 AM 1363 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m getting into a new project.

My wife found some fancy bookcases in a local store to replace our plain old bookcases.

Each one cost…$16,000. That’s right. And we need two, for a grand total of $32,000.

So I’m building some fancy bookcases in my garage. I figure if I can build them for $500 in materials, I’m in the black by $31,500. Which is a lot of power tools.

Pictures to follow…

I have a question (will be more obvious when I post pictures).

I’m making some “shoji style” sliding doors for the base cabinet. The runners are hardwood, as are the doors.

How would one suggest finishing the runners and doors so they will slide smoothly? Plain wax?

Thanks in advance…

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#1 posted 03-30-2010 09:07 AM

I’ve heard some great things about this stuff: Slip-It Sliding Compound.

-- Jim

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#2 posted 05-23-2010 02:29 PM

16 000 dollars is some fancy, I don’t have $31 500 dollars in tools including my van! I’m looking forward to seeing your tool gloat LOL!

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#3 posted 05-23-2010 07:20 PM

I would think a good hard poly or no finish at all, depending on the type of material, Epi would hold up well

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#4 posted 05-24-2010 04:34 PM

I got my Slip-It the other day. I can safely recommend you finish the doors any way you want and then coat the runner with Slip-It. You’ll never have a complaint.

-- Jim

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