Stickley bookcase

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Project by letterset25 posted 04-25-2010 07:05 PM 3072 views 13 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bookcase was originally going to have a single door, but after I started it I decided to move and I didn’t want to commit to a certain door swing, unsure of what sort of room it might wind up in. I made it a double door but left out the center vertical divider as I find they get in the way of removing books. The passive door locks to the case and the active door locks to the passive door.

As you can see, my house currently suffers from UWS (ugly wallpaper syndrome). Even thought its cureable, its also totally preventable.


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#1 posted 04-25-2010 07:54 PM

niice bookcase and the two doors realy looks great
you wont regret that choise

thankĀ“s for sharing


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#2 posted 04-25-2010 08:26 PM

Very nice case. What did you use for a finish? It looks great.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 04-25-2010 08:40 PM

Very nice.

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

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#4 posted 04-25-2010 08:44 PM

This came piece came out very nice

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#5 posted 04-25-2010 08:47 PM

Gorgeous bookcase, the glass front always makes these things in my opinion.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#6 posted 04-25-2010 08:48 PM

I really like your work. This bookcase is great. I am also interested in your finish. How did you do it?

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#7 posted 04-25-2010 11:35 PM

Wow! Beautiful. I’ve always wanted to build one just like this. How hard was it?

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#8 posted 04-25-2010 11:44 PM

You do some very nice work. Good quality pieces. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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#9 posted 04-26-2010 03:58 AM

I coloured it with a custom stain I get from Cloverdale and I finished it with shellac. I love shellac, but it was so labour intensive and time consuming I’m going to try some other finishes on my next few pieces. Over all it wasn’t that hard, but the size of the pieces was a challenge. It was too big to glue up in my shop so I had to do the glue up and some of the finishing elsewhere.


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#10 posted 04-26-2010 10:41 AM

Great looking bookcase!
Your house may have UWS but it does have GLF
(great looking floors)


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#11 posted 04-26-2010 02:40 PM

Beautiful bookcase.

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#12 posted 04-26-2010 11:49 PM

Great looking piece, I think you will like having two doors.

-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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#13 posted 04-27-2010 10:40 PM

We are kindred spirits, Jeremy. I too find the Stickley/Craftsman designs very pleasing to the eye, as well as enjoyable to build. Most—but not ALL—of my projects have been ammonia fumed and I really am pleased with the results. Whenever I try to get into stains and tints and gels, I have more trouble.
I’ll try to post pictures of a bookcase I built a few years ago that’s very similar to yours.
Keep up the good work.

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