Cherry Bookcase

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Project by Duane Kohles posted 01-22-2007 04:11 PM 2564 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was asked to design and build a Cherry Bookcase to fill a 3 sided niche in a home and make it look like it was built in place. Hence the crown molding only in the front. This is a tall unit, over 8’ tall as the house it went into had 10’ ceilings. This was my first project made from Cherry, now I know why so many woodworkers call Cherry their favorite wood to work with. The unit is so tall I could not take any pictures of it indoors, so the photo you see was taken outdoors, which is resulted in the shadowing under the shelves.

-- Duane Kohles

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#1 posted 01-22-2007 04:23 PM

a very clean look and a rich colour. Simple elegance.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 01-22-2007 05:19 PM

Very nice, & the shadows show that it’s not just a flat piece of wood.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 01-22-2007 05:46 PM

Nice can’t beat cherry wood

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#4 posted 01-22-2007 06:43 PM

Very nice design and finish.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#5 posted 01-22-2007 08:15 PM

Nice. Clean with nice lines

-- Marty Ohio

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#6 posted 03-09-2007 07:53 PM

Great design – What a beautiful piece – they must be pleased. I have just added to my project list (again!) – Thanks for sharing your work.

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#7 posted 03-09-2007 10:57 PM

Very good job, Nice color. Did you stain it or is it the natural Cherry color.

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#8 posted 03-12-2007 07:55 PM

The customer had some custom mixed stain for all the Cherry in her house (all the doors, trim and kitchen cabinets), so I used that to ensure a match. The stain really worked well, I think it is a Sherwin Williams product. I really liked the color and how well it applied, Cherry stains up so much easier than oak, I attribute that to the grain tightness of the Cherry vs. oak. (I did keep a small sample back for future use).

-- Duane Kohles

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#9 posted 03-13-2007 12:25 AM

So, Duane … stealing the customer’s stash stain, huh? Looks nice.

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#10 posted 03-13-2007 05:33 PM

Will you be able to replicate the stain when your stash runs out, or is it a standard product of the company?

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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Duane Kohles

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#11 posted 03-13-2007 06:13 PM

Guilty as charged. Because I liked the color so much I did keep some back. But for the record your honor, I only kept a very small sample that I will be able to stain some scrap cherry and take to a local paint store (Diamond Vogel) for them to match for me, for my next cherry project.

I have had excellent results with Diamond Vogels “Old Masters Penetrating Stains”. The manager is very talented at matching stains (without a computer-gasp). And they have an excellent system of keeping track of special mixes per customer. I have tried other companies products and have not had near the results.

The picture was taken outside on a very bright day, and the color seems a little washed out compared to what it looks like indoors….. Much richer and a little darker.

-- Duane Kohles

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#12 posted 07-10-2008 02:37 AM

Very nice looking bookcase.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#13 posted 07-10-2008 10:58 PM

beautiful piece of work. love that Cherry!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#14 posted 07-10-2008 11:04 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#15 posted 08-20-2008 05:10 AM

just came around on roll the dice feature…beautiful Cherry bookcase …did you ever get any installed pix ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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