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Project by Charles Mullins posted 04-03-2008 03:47 PM 2423 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an oak bookcase and storage cabinet as a wedding gift for my neighbor’s son.

It is three cases designed to bolt togeather for ease of moving.

The cabinet color is not that bad but the yellow background sure makes it look bad IMHO. It is Early American with a shot of Red Oak to add more red tint, then a coat of burnt umber glaze followed with three thin coats of satin poly. A light application of 0000 steel wool and waxed.

The doors have a cockbead applied to them. It helps to hide rough door edges and looks good—Hee Hee Hee!

-- God makes the wood beautiful--I simply rearrange it to make it more useful, hopefully.

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#1 posted 04-03-2008 04:55 PM

Nice looking bookcase.

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

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#2 posted 04-03-2008 06:08 PM

It looks great as it is. Great workmanship

Thanks for the post.

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#3 posted 04-03-2008 06:32 PM

Very nice bookcase. Love the color. mike

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#4 posted 04-03-2008 07:27 PM


This is a gorgeous bookcase. I really like your design as well. Building this as three separate units was a good idea.

Thanks for the post.

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#5 posted 04-03-2008 08:13 PM

Beautiful detail. The finish looks perfect.

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#6 posted 04-03-2008 10:00 PM


-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#7 posted 04-03-2008 10:38 PM

what a great gift. Looks great

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#8 posted 04-03-2008 10:42 PM

very nice. I could use one of those myself. thanks for sharing.

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#9 posted 04-04-2008 03:59 AM

The beading does make it look nice.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#10 posted 04-04-2008 04:21 AM

Hi Charles

Beautiful cabinet work as always. Nice design and detail. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#11 posted 07-10-2008 06:12 AM

It was fun revisiting this project. I am contemplating building something similar for our basement. If you don’t mind, I may borrow some of your ideas.

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

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#12 posted 07-10-2008 03:43 PM


Thanks for the nice comments.

You may use anything I have shown in it’s entirety. There are no secrets here, just logical design (hopefully) and assembly.

The oak bookcase was built in four sections, the left and right sections, the center section and a top cap with the crown molding and ect. to hold the tops together.

The only way to see that it is in sections is a seam is showing at two places. The vertical seams are covered with pilasters and such to hide the seperation. I don’t know if I would go to that much trouble if I were doing it again. Like the English cabinet makers used to say, “Plain and Neat”. I think that is the real secret.

It looks to me like you are quite an accomplished turner. Those are really beautiful pieces of wood and real good turning. You have a talent.

If you decide to build a bookcase please show it to us. I’m sure it will be excellent.

Well, anyway thanks again and good luck.

Charlie M.

-- God makes the wood beautiful--I simply rearrange it to make it more useful, hopefully.

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#13 posted 07-10-2008 08:58 PM

Very Nice…. I too need to do some case work. Just need to make time for it….

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#14 posted 07-10-2008 09:24 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#15 posted 07-30-2008 08:07 PM

Very nice bookcase.

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