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Project by skeeter posted 1890 days ago 2355 views 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first lumberjocks project. This case is pictured with the final coat(hopefully) of poly. It took a little over a month to complete and that was working everyday in the morning for a few hours before work at 2 pm. This is also my first comissioned piece. I guess i could be considered a pro now by loose definition. Thanks for viewing.

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy





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lew

9954 posts in 2358 days


#1 posted 1890 days ago

Man, I like this!!!

You have captured the Shaker philosophy perfectly!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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skeeter

233 posts in 1944 days


#2 posted 1890 days ago

lew thank you. I don’t have a good picture of them but the shelves are dovetailed into the case sides. Check out my blog on it if you are so inclined. I guess it is a good thing you cant see them in the pictures, it means i did a good job paring the sockets and matching the wood. Thanks for the comment. I don’t know why but I am still nervous that the customer won’t like it. Tell me if you guys get this way. I know it will never be perfect but I am happy with it.

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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HD_woodchuck

30 posts in 1890 days


#3 posted 1890 days ago

Hey Skeeter … great job!! I love the detailed, yet simplistic look. A case like this will last forever.

-- "The German is like a willow. No matter which way you bend him, he will always take root again." - Alexander Solzhenitsyn -

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CharlieM1958

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#4 posted 1890 days ago

I think it looks fantastic! I’m sure the customer will love it.

My only concern would be about wood movement with all that solid wood.

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

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 1890 days ago

Hey Skeeter
That’s one cool bookcase with a great finish super job. Good photos too

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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dustyal

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#6 posted 1890 days ago

ditto everyone’s comments… impressive… it will take a room with high ceilings to show it off as well as it deserves. Must be close to 8 ft high?

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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skeeter

233 posts in 1944 days


#7 posted 1890 days ago

Yeah it’s 91 inches high and i figured out it will fit into a standard height room. Thanks for all the positive comments. I know it’s not avant garde but its just nice. Yeah i just figured out the hypotenuse it’s 92 inches.

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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jim1953

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#8 posted 1890 days ago

Nice job Great Lookin bookcase

-- Jim, Kentucky

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Beginningwoodworker

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#9 posted 1889 days ago

Looks nice.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Jon3

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#10 posted 1888 days ago

That is some really good looking cherry! What is your finishing routine?

Don’t worry about being a pro. You became a pro the moment you started acting like one!

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skeeter

233 posts in 1944 days


#11 posted 1888 days ago

really, Thank you everone! My finish routine was sanding to 220 and then sealing the endgrain of the top with shellac and then cutting that back down with the 220. I saw that my wood was not blotchy from a washdown with denatured alcohol so i went ahead and used warm boiled linseed oil spread very thin. I waited a full two days and used Watco satin wipe on poly. Two coats 2 two hours apart and then I waited 2 days for it to dry being it was very humid last weekend. I then sanded with 400 grit and spread the last coat. I am now going to rub it down with 0000 steel wool and wax it to make it feel as good as it looks. Thanks

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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skeeter

233 posts in 1944 days


#12 posted 1888 days ago

Yeah I knew I wanted a raised panel but not a super long one like on a door. Something alittle more subtle. Pretty much the same router table setup was used on the back, bottom, and top.

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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SCOTSMAN

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#13 posted 1866 days ago

Yes really well proportioned I love this bookcase wish it were made by me.LOL I wish I had even the wood.well done again Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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woodymays

106 posts in 1875 days


#14 posted 1770 days ago

I imagine the dovetails for the shelves to some time doing. Nice job!

-- Behind every great man is his wife with rolling eyes.

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Vincent Nocito

411 posts in 1967 days


#15 posted 1770 days ago

I like the fact that you took the time to dovetail the shelves into the case sides. That is a very typical Shaker construction technique. Well done.

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