Lighted Sectional Fancy Bookcase

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Project by PPK posted 06-26-2017 03:23 AM 885 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been building this oak bookcase for the past 4 months or so. It’s a commission piece for a neighbor. They gave me a picture of the way they wanted it (3 sections) and then I drafted up the style and details. They loved the design, and I got to building. The finished product turned out really well… Unfortunately, my pictures did not. The back lighting from the windows on either side prevented me from getting a good shot. Sorry. I never had it together in the shop either, so I couldn’t get a picture there. I’ve included some shots of the build below. It was fun, and a learned a thing or two along the way.

Finish is just sprayed on polyurethane. All the shelves are adjustable, the center ones are glass, dropped into a wood frame. There’s a light switch to turn on and off the LED strip light. I mounted an outlet up in the corner, so that it’d be easy to replace the light if it ever went out.

I do have a little base shoe yet to put around the base, so those two shims will dissapear :-)

The following pics aren’t in order necessarily, but show some of the details…

Edit: I went back to install the trim the other day, and got some better pictures. See below (And I got to see how they loaded it up) :-)


-- Pete

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#1 posted 06-26-2017 04:19 AM

Really nice

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 06-26-2017 05:29 AM

Outstanding work PPK!

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#3 posted 06-26-2017 11:37 AM

Great stuff as usual, Pete. If you’re not careful you might have to quit your day job.

-- --Zach

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#4 posted 06-26-2017 11:59 AM

Your neighbors have to be very happy – great job Pete!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#5 posted 06-26-2017 01:46 PM

very nice

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#6 posted 06-26-2017 03:35 PM

Very nice. I have been trying to build a set of bookshelves for years, but other projects seem to always get in the way. I have a question:

Are the sides oak ply or solid?

I like this set up a lot. I’m not real fond of stain, but one cannot help what the customer wants. I am going to have to move my bookcase up on my to do list. Again, great piece.

-- A carpenter takes an ugly, knotted, twisted piece of wood and makes something beautiful and pure from it. Jesus is a carpenter, I am a piece of wood.

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#7 posted 06-26-2017 04:37 PM


The sides (and the whole carcass) are made from plywood. The wood shelves are ply too, with solid edge on the front. I’m not a big fan of stain either… but the customer is always right. I don’t mind stain on oak so much, because It think natural oak has too many color shades. Red oak does anyway. Its all personal preference. Some people don’t like hickory, but it’s my favorite, with all the colors and character. Thanks for the compliments!

-- Pete

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#8 posted 06-26-2017 06:01 PM

This is 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 06-26-2017 09:41 PM

Nice job on this, came out awesome.

Question for you, what is that tool that made the edge detail? I really like how that dressed things up so cleanly.

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#10 posted 06-26-2017 09:49 PM

It’s a scratch stock. Or, where I bought it (Lee Valley) they call it a beading tool. they do the same thing, but are shaped a little differently. There’s just little metal rectangles that you file to the profile you want, clamp them into the scratch stock, and then literally scratch the profile into the wood.

-- Pete

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#11 posted 06-27-2017 02:44 AM

Very well done molding is beautiful. Congrats

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