Cherry Shaker Style Bookcase

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Project by skeeter posted 05-26-2009 04:32 PM 2614 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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#1 posted 05-26-2009 04:41 PM

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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#2 posted 05-26-2009 04:59 PM

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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#3 posted 05-26-2009 05:17 PM

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

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#4 posted 05-26-2009 05:51 PM

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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#5 posted 05-26-2009 06:29 PM

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

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 05-26-2009 10:36 PM

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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#7 posted 05-27-2009 04:24 AM

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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#8 posted 05-27-2009 04:37 AM

Nice job Great Lookin bookcase

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#9 posted 05-28-2009 03:30 AM

Looks nice.

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#10 posted 05-28-2009 04:59 PM

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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#11 posted 05-29-2009 12:14 AM

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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#12 posted 05-29-2009 04:56 AM

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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#13 posted 06-19-2009 08:57 PM

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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#14 posted 09-24-2009 05:07 AM

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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#15 posted 09-24-2009 05:34 AM

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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