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Project by khamm posted 02-09-2017 03:22 PM 967 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bookcase adapted from a plan in Today’s Woodworker.
Used up a lot of random lumber. The panels are sycamore. The top is walnut The shelves are some sort of plywood that has been in my basement for years, leftover from a failed project. Milk paint and wipe on poly. The edging on the shelves is cherry and I am hoping it will darken considerably, probably not anytime soon since we are expecting 12” of snow today.


Boston, MA

-- Keith H. I want more gadgets; I need more skills

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#1 posted 02-09-2017 03:40 PM

Very clean, classy, unique and lovely bookcase. The color combinations work well together. And you got rid of some scrap. A win win.

-- Ron, Montana

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#2 posted 02-09-2017 04:05 PM

very nice

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#3 posted 02-09-2017 04:28 PM

Looks good

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#4 posted 02-09-2017 04:51 PM

The colors do look great together. Nice job!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#5 posted 02-09-2017 04:55 PM

Looks great! Really like how the different woods work so well together. The round feet are a nice touch; did you turn them yourself?

-- Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. - Howard Thurman

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#6 posted 02-09-2017 05:06 PM

That is so cool! The sycamore is beautiful, and I’ve got to know what color and brand of milk paint you used.

Nice job!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#7 posted 02-09-2017 05:25 PM

Thanks for the comments.

I used Old fashioned Milk Paint. I have a love/hate relationship with the stuff. When it goes on well, I am happy. It looks great and I like the reduced environmental impact. Sometimes, however, as in this morning, I just won’t work. It won’t go on evenly. I suspect it has to do with the the of wood and the resin content. Even when I use their bonding additive it just won’t stick to resinous pine for instance.

And no I don’t have a lathe. Bought the feet from VanDykes.

-- Keith H. I want more gadgets; I need more skills

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#8 posted 02-09-2017 07:33 PM

What a beautiful bookcase.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 02-09-2017 11:27 PM

Man- great combo of natural wood and paint. Super job!

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#10 posted 02-10-2017 01:59 AM

I agree. Well done. Milk paint is love hate relationship for me as well. Cheers

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#11 posted 02-10-2017 06:23 PM

Haha, Living in Medford I don’t think either one of our projects will be seeing much sunlight anytime soon.

Impressive that scrap colors came together so well, wouldn’t have guessed just from looking. Curious how the feet are attached?

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#12 posted 02-10-2017 08:54 PM

The Legs are just screwed in through the bottom rails. And I like your blanket chest. Your own design?

-- Keith H. I want more gadgets; I need more skills

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#13 posted 02-11-2017 04:09 AM

Really interesting look. Loving it.

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#14 posted 02-11-2017 04:22 AM

Well done

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#15 posted 02-12-2017 02:58 PM

Beautiful work. Love the mixture of wood types.

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