Loft to Library: Phase 3 Complete

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Project by Holz_und_Geschichte41 posted 12-18-2010 11:10 PM 1357 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

So finally the bookcase construction aspect of this uber-woodworking project is done. The consists of 6 individual bookcases- three on top, three on the bottom – to create the wall of bookcases. The entire project is made completely of knotty alder. I used mini-was Hickory gel stain for the finish with an polyacrylic sealer. Perhaps stray staining this would have been a better choice but I am please with the outcome. Maybe down the road I will avoid gel stains. Anyway, The top shelves are barrister style slides. All shelves are dovetail dados for strength of joint and ability to hold the weight of the books. The kind gentlemen at the Woodworker’s Source off the I-17 in north Phoenix passed along a general rule of bookcase building in that if the shelves are longer than 36in, it is best to use corbels to avoid the infamous bow from the weight. I got in at 35 inches, however if I see a bow, I think I can manage a simple fix. The most difficult part of this project was building a syncing up the separate pieces of the crown molding. I convinced that there is an ever so slight dip in the ceiling that makes the molding a bit less uniform than I would like. I don’t think it is readily noticeable but it still irks me. More likely I did something to create the inconsistency, but I know that is not a measurement issue. Any pointers are most welcome. Now, on to the desk portion!!! Enjoy.

-- Ryan, Arizona

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#1 posted 12-22-2010 06:12 PM

Very nice!!

I really like the “barrister” effect of the glass doors at the top.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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