Cherry Bookcase Finished Finally

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Project by DrSawdust posted 2574 days ago 2617 views 14 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was able to complete the finishing over Father’s Day weekend. I decided not to use any dyes or stains on this project. The varnish darkened it up just the right amount and with the natural darkening of the cherry this ought to match th other pieces nicely. I put on 4 coats of wipe on varnish and rubbed out each coat with 0000 steel wool. It turned out very smooth.

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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#1 posted 2574 days ago

very nice…i love the final color…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 2574 days ago

Very nice. You’re right about the color. It looks fantastic. Can you talk a little about the construction? How is the top made? Are the side panels solid wood or ply? Thanks!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 2574 days ago

I agree totally about leaving the wood to darken naturally. looks great!!!

-- doug, texas,

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#4 posted 2574 days ago

Did you design this yourself?

-- John

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#5 posted 2574 days ago

Fantastic piece! You were right not to mess with the color.. perfect as is.

I think the wheels are a bit clunky, though. :-)

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

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#6 posted 2574 days ago

Great job on the book case. I like the color the way it is.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#7 posted 2574 days ago

Wow…this is gorgeous. Beautiful piece.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#8 posted 2573 days ago

Another vote for “let the wood and finish do the work!” Your case is very nice.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#9 posted 2573 days ago

I like to leave Cherry alone. It’s easy to mess up the colors, let nature take its course.

Great piece. Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#10 posted 2573 days ago

Doctor, this is a lovely piece. I really like the mitered top border and the way the top. Nice work.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#11 posted 2573 days ago

Thanks everyone for your considerate comments. I really appreciate the support.

Mot, the top is cherry veneered plywood wrapped with solid cherry with a shadow line in between to disguise the joint. The plan came from Woodsmith issue 155. The case and sides are plywood with a cherry face frame and molding. The biggest lesson I learned from this project was to make sure the edges and corners are perfectly straight and square. It really takes the frustration out of the assembly.

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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#12 posted 2572 days ago

Very nice, you are very talented. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 2572 days ago

I really like the look you acccomplised on the sides and the wood grain and mitered top fits like a glove.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#14 posted 2571 days ago

Nice finished product. I see your sons have been letting you help out in “your shop”

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#15 posted 2571 days ago

I love this piece!, Great work!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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