Built in Bookcases

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Project by woody57 posted 11-12-2010 09:51 PM 5778 views 10 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a set of built in bookcases that I did for my daughter. On the right side there is a knee hole so she can use her laptop and have a writing surface. The face frames and doors were made with poplar and the case is MDF. There are no backs on these. She wanted her wall color to show through. I wouldn’t do this again. As everyone knows, walls are not straight and plumb. Therefore it is a pain to get the sides to fit against the wall properly. It turned out pretty good and she likes it and that’s what counts right. Oh, and she really liked the price too.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#1 posted 11-12-2010 10:45 PM

I like the desk top with the book cases. It looks good together, are those called corbels on top by the moulding.

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#2 posted 11-13-2010 01:12 AM

Those are very nice! How did you finish them? (paint, lacquer, spray , brush?)

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#3 posted 11-13-2010 01:21 AM

The top of the fluted trim has a block which is thicker than the trim. I then wraped the block with crown moulding.

It has 1 coat of water base primer with 2 coats of water base enamel paint. Brushed, and sanded between coats. It was painted to match the trim in the house.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#4 posted 11-13-2010 01:28 AM

Nice looking bookcase.

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#5 posted 11-13-2010 01:44 AM

Very nice.

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#6 posted 11-13-2010 02:40 AM

Thanks for the follow up. It is nice to know a finish of that quality can be attained with a brush.

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