Red Oak Bookcase

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Project by Vince85 posted 05-04-2012 05:24 PM 1583 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally finsihed this bookcase…it has taken me way too long. I built it 3 years ago, then had to move and had nowhere to work on it until now. I am happy to finally have this done (so the wife is off my back). This is the first project I started and my biggest to date. It is solid Red Oak with raised panel sides. The top is quartersawn and looks pretty good. The top and bottom shelf are adjustable to 5 different heights, the middle shelf is fixed. The panels are a very nice and crazy grain pattern with dark streaks of grain, and also alot of curl, the pictures to not do them justice. For the finish I wanted something to set off the quarter-sawn top, as well as the curly grain in the panels. So after a ton of research this is what I decided on: I sanded to 220, raised the grain and sanded that off. Then I applied an aniline dye (Trans Fast- Light Oak color). Then I lightly sanded with 320. Next I applied a thin coat of Shellac (Cut 1 : 1 with denatured alcohol). At this point I almost scrapped the rest of my finishing plan. I loved the way it looked, but I decided to continue with my original plan. So I scuffed the shellac just enough to remove the shine and, I applied General Finish’s gel stain – Nutmeg color. After that 2 coats shellac, scuffed inbetween coats. I am very pleased with the color. I like the finish a lot too, just not the application. Like I said this is my biggest project,so there are a couple spots I have very small runs, less than a half inch long. But they look a mile long to me. After more practice I may scuff this and reapply another coat.

Anyways thanks for looking. I enjoy looking at all of your wonderful projects.

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#1 posted 05-04-2012 09:32 PM

That came out great, beautiful piece.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 05-04-2012 09:41 PM

This is a masterful piece. I can see that lots of skill and care went into it. I like the fancy grain in the top, as well as the raised panel sides. Good work!

-- Every project is a learning opportunity, every error a design opportunity

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