|Project by Joel Shappell||posted 04-05-2015 12:17 AM||1323 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
My Sister had a beautiful Chestnut bookcase made in the mid to late 1800’s. She wouldn’t give it to me no matter how nicely I asked, so I made a ‘close’ replica. Construction is solid 7/8 walnut, with ebony strips on the front of each adjustable shelf and ebony/walnut handles. It took me all winter to make it in my basement. I had to think a bit ahead to be able to take the entire thing apart so I could get it out of my basement as it’s quite large and heavy. The handles also have brass pins and the quarter round to keep the glass in has small brass nails. Something about walnut and brass really appeal to me. The entire project is stained using General Finish, Georgian Cherry. I thought at first it might turn out a bit too red, but grew to like the color. Additionally, I’ve got a string of lights in the bookcase which really adds a nice effect. The string of LED lights are cheap and can give off multiple colors. I have mine to slowly fade between all the colors adding a lot to this piece. Also makes it so I can see what I’m getting to as I retrieve or put a book away.
One new thing for me is the scrolling on the top. I’ve not carved before, but got the hang of it after lots of practice. Would do a few things differently if I were to ever make another, but overall, very happy with it.