Oak Bookcases

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Project by Scott Bryan posted 10-12-2008 02:10 AM 2749 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have not posted a project in awhile so I thought it was about time to put something up.

These bookcases are fairly routine but they do represent the final element in the all-weather room addition that we began in May of this year and completed on October 4th with the installation of the bookcases. When we added the room to the house we took out two exterior doors and my wife informed me that I was going to put some bookcases in their place since she needed more storage.

They are built with oak and oak plywood and have cherry accents. Where possible I try to find a way to include cherry in my projects. The finish is 5 coats of shellac. I decided on this finish due to the influence of Frank and David. I have generally used it as a sealer after staining but have never used it a finish coat before but it is always good to try something new.

By the way 20 minutes after the installation was complete my wife had the bookcases filled with books and “dust collectors” and she “commissioned” me to do another bookcase downstairs.

Thanks for looking.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#1 posted 10-12-2008 02:43 AM

Scott, These are very nice looking bookcases. you did a very good build on them, and your wife added further detail pieces which brings out the true beauty in them. Great Build .

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#2 posted 10-12-2008 02:51 AM

Nice work, Scott.

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#3 posted 10-12-2008 04:16 AM

Nice built in look, Scott. Looking at the photos closely, though, I think my wife could put more things in faster and closer together than your wife, hands down. We should start a thread on that in Coffee Lounge. Looks great. As always, bbqKing.

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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#4 posted 10-12-2008 04:29 AM

good looking cases, Bryan…

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#5 posted 10-12-2008 05:07 AM

Routine for you maybe. Beautiful, love the windows trim too.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#6 posted 10-12-2008 11:42 AM

Scott, these look great! Thanks for sharing!

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#7 posted 10-12-2008 03:53 PM

In all fairness the entire room, including the bookcases is really fine looking. Can’t quite make out the that ‘Man-of-War in the print?

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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Les Hastings

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#8 posted 10-12-2008 06:36 PM

Great looking bookcases Scott! Looks like she did fill’m up fast.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#9 posted 10-13-2008 05:04 AM

Your bookcases look great. You did a beautiful on these pieces. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 10-13-2008 12:21 PM

Very nice bookcase!

Thanks for the post


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Scott Bryan

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#11 posted 10-15-2008 02:00 AM

I really appreciate all the comments.

Bbqking that is a picture of Citation. He won the ‘48 derby and went on to win the triple crown that year. Since this is the 60th anniversary of that event these prints have been issued and my wife simply couldn’t pass it up. Normally this would Just be one more picture for me to hang and when we decide to paint it would be another nail hole to fill and another picture to re-hang again but since this is on a masonry wall I won’t have to worry about re-hanging it when SHE decides to have ME re-paint the room.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#12 posted 10-15-2008 06:59 AM


These are some fine looking bookcases, you and your wife should get many years of service out these cases.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#13 posted 11-11-2008 04:52 AM

Scott, I must have missed this when posted. These bookcases look great, and blend in well with the rest of the trim in your house.

Thanks for posting them.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#14 posted 02-04-2009 08:21 AM

that is the strongest book match I have ever seen. good job man.

-- jay Rambling on and on again

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