Red Oak Bookcase

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Project by UWMU posted 01-18-2011 06:50 AM 4173 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this a bookcase as a birthday gift for my girlfriend. It is made out of red oak ply with solid oak casing, baseboard, and dentil moulding. The backing is Luan. The finish is Sherwin-Williams BAC chestnut wiping stain with two coats of poly, plus a few extra coats on the shelves. I really like the color that the wiping stain gives to the oak. I tried several Minwax stains and they just didn’t provide a lot of richness.

This was my second woodworking project, and I came up with the design myself. It measures about 72” tall x 36” x 16”. The shelves are adjustable with pegs. The only thing I am dissatisfied about is that I wasn’t able to stain the peg holes. With books now on the shelf, they really aren’t noticeable.

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#1 posted 01-18-2011 12:57 PM

Fine Job my Friend… Thanks for sharing and welcome to LJ’s!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#2 posted 01-18-2011 03:38 PM

Beautiful, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 01-18-2011 06:13 PM

If the quality of your second project is any indicator, can’t wait to see your 10th. Very nicely done!

-- -- Skee from MN

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