Bookcases! The Wife needed Bookcases!

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Project by Branden posted 2735 days ago 2322 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, she got them, 8’ tall in fact! I enjoyed making these and it gave me an opportunity to break out my new paneling bits. I used Ebony stain on all of the Birch pieces which I actually found disappointing as I could have simply painted them with black enamel. I typically like to see the natural grain at the end of the project (call me a Purist), but these turned out pretty sharp nonetheless.

-- Branden - Sacramento, California -

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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 2735 days ago

They came out pretty nice. That is a dark stain, but looks good from here.

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#2 posted 2735 days ago

they look beautiful… AND they will hold a book or two :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 2735 days ago

Beautiful Branden.
I think using stain you must still be able to see the grain figure, I think it beats out paint.

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

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#4 posted 2723 days ago

Hey Branden,

The bookcases look great. I’m getting ready to build a wine cabinet for my girlfriend, and she wants it to be black. I’m going to build if out of birch and poplar, and I was debating ebony stain vs. black paint. Did any grain at all show through the stain? If you had to do it again would you stain or paint? Thanks for your help.

-- JP, Shelbyville, KY

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#5 posted 2723 days ago

Very nice. A dark looking piece that looks great instlled. I think I see a pachinko game in the background? Reminds me of living in Guam – these were very popular and plentiful from Japan.


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#6 posted 517 days ago

Birch is tough to stain, especially with a dark stain like ebony. They look good in the photo.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#7 posted 517 days ago

Beautiful bookcases.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#8 posted 517 days ago

Did you furnish a step stool to reach the top shelf?? LOL! By the way, you mentioned using your new panel bits?? Not sure I see a panel bevel??

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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