Classic bookcase - Quarter sawn red oak

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Project by sawdust55109 posted 1312 days ago 2488 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The teenage daughter asks “Daddy, can you please build me a bookcase? I need somewhere to put all my books.”
Never built anything like that before and said “Of course”.

She then went through my list of plans that I had and picked one out.
Next question was “What type of wood?”

She went with me to the lumber yard and picked out some Brazilian Cherry. I bought a bunch of 8/4 10”wide boards and went to the shop.
I figured I’d just re-saw the boards like I always do but WOW, is that stuff hard and dense.

I’d just tuned up the Delta 14” that has a riser block. Fresh re-saw wide blade and all.
I knew this wood was dense but HOLY COW!! I was waiting for the sparks to start flying..

The Delta just didn’t have the horsepower to re-saw jatoba. Time to move to her next choice of wood.
Quarter-sawn red oak.
The instructions on the plan were really simple and the unit has “Knock-Down” hardware for easy assembly and moving.

I changed the molding at the top from a basic cove to a more detailed edge.
After several coats of wipe-on poly, it now sits in her room and I have a happy, smiling daughter.

One good thing about the project was it proved I needed a bigger, better bandsaw. Looks like one will be on the horizon shortly.

Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 1312 days ago

Hey sawdust, great job on the bookcase, looks good, and such beautiful wood, keep up the good work, Steve.

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#2 posted 1312 days ago

Nice job. You made the rays pop!

-- Doug - As my Dad taught me, you're not a cabinet maker until you can hide your mistakes.

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#3 posted 1311 days ago

Beautiful piece of furniture sawdust.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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Don Johnson

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#4 posted 1311 days ago

Hi SD, Very good looking bookcase.

Out of curiosity I tried connecting to your server – using Google Chrome – and it requested username and password, which I entered, but then displayed ‘unable to connect’.

But it worked OK on IE and with my ftp program.

When I looked at the list of available plans I was gobsmacked! – there’s a LOT of stuff there.
I’ll make it my first port of call if I’m seeking plans.

My only disappointment was that amongst the dozens of chairs, there was not a library step chair that I’m currently considering making.

However, many thanks for providing this super, comprehensive plans facility.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#5 posted 1311 days ago

I think that it’s a very nice looking bookcase and the oak looks great. Nice job, dad.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 1311 days ago

great bookcase,,thanks for the link, great plans.

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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ray vile

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#7 posted 1311 days ago

fantastic bookcase even more fantastic link..great source of plans thanks

-- RV

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#8 posted 1311 days ago

Nice bookcase.
Thanks for the plan access. You can never have enough plans.

-- MW |

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#9 posted 1276 days ago

I love the look of this red oak. Would you mind describing the routine you used to finish it?

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#10 posted 1275 days ago

Hi Tim,
Sanded up through 220.
Finish is just one coat of Minwax Tung Oil (to give it the color) and then several coats of wipe-on poly.
Six coats went on the carcass and 8 on the shelving.

The Tung oil really makes the quarter sawn ray-flecks pop and stand out.

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