|Project by Tom O'Brien||posted 12-30-2009 05:13 PM||5199 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
I built this bookcase from a plan published by Woodsmith Magazine. Except for the back (1/4 inch plywood) and the crown moulding around the top, the whole project was made from rough Red Oak. Starting with rough lumber was a new experience for me, but I think the end result was worth the extra work. The shelves and carcase are held together with biscuits, keeping the joinery simple. The only part that gave me any trouble was the staining. I first applied a gel stain, and (I think) because of the low temperature (50F) in my garage, the gel did not go on evenly. I had to take a lot of it off with mineral spirits. I went back over the project with oil stain (same maker) and had no trouble getting the color I wanted. Several coats of hand-wiped polyurethane brought the finish up to a nice hard gloss. You can see the pretty grain and some edge details in the close-up photo. True to its solid Red Oak origin, this project is Very Heavy, and won’t be moved again soon.
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