Cherry Book Case.

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Project by Ken Dixon posted 10-01-2010 10:28 PM 2580 views 20 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Solid cherry book case, 37” X 16” X 40 1/2” (LXWXH).
Finished with shellac and wax except for the top which has one coat of dewaxed shellac then two coats of polly. I like finishing with and the feel of shellac but wanted the protection of the polly for the top. The shelves will mainly hold paper back books and are able to move up or down about 3-4” each.

-- Ken, Kanata Ont. Canada

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#1 posted 10-01-2010 10:38 PM

very nice fellow canuck

were the legs cut a band saw?

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#2 posted 10-01-2010 10:45 PM

Love the curved sides. Its a classy look.

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#3 posted 10-01-2010 10:56 PM

I like it. Thanks for sharing it.

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#4 posted 10-01-2010 10:57 PM

That is one nice bookcase!

-- Doug...

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#5 posted 10-01-2010 11:10 PM

Good looking bookcase.

What’s the thickness of those shelves? Are they able to withstand the weight of many books?

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#6 posted 10-01-2010 11:20 PM

That’s really nice thanks for sharing.

-- Scott, Georgia

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#7 posted 10-01-2010 11:58 PM

Really looks nice. Good jo .

-- Joe

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#8 posted 10-02-2010 01:48 AM

I really like the design. You really make it incredibly special with the oversize top and the sweep in the legs. The cherry, as always, is beautiful- excellent choice. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#9 posted 10-02-2010 04:35 AM

Nice work!

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#10 posted 10-02-2010 02:03 PM

I like that. I want one.
Cherry is my wood of choice.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 10-02-2010 04:10 PM

That’s a beautiful bookcase. Lovely design and execution.

How thick are the shelves? They appear to be close to 1/2”.

-- Gary, Florida

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#12 posted 10-03-2010 01:40 AM

Thanks all for the kind words.
Ian and Gary, the shelves are each 3/8” thick. I did a stress test of twice as many books as would fit on one shelf for 3 weeks and it seemed to be ok. If over time they do start to sag then I will have to remake them with thicker material.

-- Ken, Kanata Ont. Canada

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#13 posted 10-05-2010 03:31 PM

very nice, love the design

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#14 posted 02-05-2011 08:14 PM

Ken, this is a great bookcase. I am looking to make low bookcase and have been looking for inspiration for designs and just keep coming back to yours.
I guess the key is how the curves fit in perfectly with the proportions. Could you give me some ideas about the dimesions. Height and width and the radius (or some other guide) to getting the right curves.


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