Bookcase for My Wife

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Project by Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor posted 1627 days ago 1612 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year I built a desk for my wife made from quarter sawn white oak. Carol dropped hints of wanting a bookcase to match. Well, several months later after a major kitchen renovation and numerous other projects…it is done. well, almost… now I need to make a top section with 4 open shelves to match.
The door handles are made from some 3/8” and 3/4” oak dowel scraps I had laying around the barn. I wanted to make the handles instead of buying them.
For the finish I used a cherry gel stain with 5 coats of hand rubbed poly. I then waxed and buffed out the little dust boogers that seem to get everywhere!

I guess you could call this design “Arts and Craft/Redneck/Raised Beaded panel/my way…I did not use any type of plans… It just kind of evolved as it went along. I am not one to try duplicating other stuff.

note: I was just informed that it would be “nice” if I were to change out the baseboards and make the new ones (oak) to match the bookcase.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#1 posted 1627 days ago

And you forgot “Greene and Greene”
Your “Style” is very good… I like it… proportional and well crafted..
Look forward to seeing the top when it is finished.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#2 posted 1627 days ago

Nice bookcase.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#3 posted 1627 days ago

Great job.
Nice detail & finish work too!

-- Having fun...Eric

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#4 posted 1627 days ago

super nice bookcase

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 1627 days ago

Very nice cabinet Greg, I like your design, it should match beautifully. A top would really set it off.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#6 posted 1627 days ago

Great proportioning, looks great

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#7 posted 1627 days ago

Beautiful work.

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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Mary Anne

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#8 posted 1626 days ago

Great style! I really like the look. Very sturdy, but with an elegance about it.

I understand your wife completely. I do it to myself all the time.
I thought it “would be nice” to have a cubby in my bathroom to hold towels. Now, what started out as a simple project to fill a need is turning into a bathroom remodel. LOL

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#9 posted 1626 days ago

Nice job i love the design.

-- Mert,Oshkosh WI,

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#10 posted 1626 days ago

Very nice work. The design works very well

-- Walt, Ohio

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#11 posted 1626 days ago

I like it. Redneck Arts and Crafts – you better register that one. Suuuuuuueeeeeeyyyyyy!!!!!

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#12 posted 1624 days ago

Whatever you want to call the style, its gorgeous! A beautiful build with a beautiful finish. Very nice work!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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Peter Knight

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#13 posted 1624 days ago

Great Piece.
It’s “nice” to have job security, no?

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