A Reproduction of a Reproduction

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Project by bobdurnell posted 02-05-2009 01:42 AM 1857 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Quite a while back we bought a large reproduction oak barrister bookcase for showing our stuff. Now we wanted to get another one just like it we found it to be discontinued. We looked everywhere even the place we bought it didn’t carry that item anymore. So I decided to reproduce the reproduction my self. I copied it as close as I wanted to. Used red oak, got the same moulding close as possible, and went to work.
It’s a big one measuring 84 high by 32 wide and 15 deep with 5 shelves. First photo is my version, the second photo is the original reproduction and last two show them together and full of stuff.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#1 posted 02-05-2009 02:09 AM

Terrific! Always wanted to make a barrister book case, yours is even better. Five large covered shelves. Really nice! Great job!

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

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#2 posted 02-05-2009 02:21 AM

Nice job! I’ve always liked these.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 02-05-2009 02:29 AM

good one, Bob

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 02-05-2009 02:42 AM

Very nice cabinet. Like the finish!

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#5 posted 02-05-2009 06:06 AM

Barrister cabinets always look so cool. Great job in getting them to match – they look like twins, but I’m sure yours is made better.

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#6 posted 02-05-2009 05:20 PM

Are those also capable of being separated at each shelf? A neighbor of ours is selling an antique barrister, but after looking at it, it is bad shape. I found plans for practically the same design that I want to build. The nice thing that I liked about the plans is that you could have 1-5 levels at they stacked like legos.

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#7 posted 02-05-2009 06:48 PM

cpt_hammer, Thanks for the question, the answer is no. These reproductions are a kinda fake barrister bookcase. I did see Norm build the stackable kind once so there would be plans and a dvd.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#8 posted 02-06-2009 01:25 PM

nice work. i like barrister cases

-- making sawdust....

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#9 posted 11-24-2017 01:33 PM

This is a beautiful piece and would be wonderful for all sorts of collections.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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