Cherry Bookcase

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Project by cgrooms posted 803 days ago 1293 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is one of my most recent projects. A bookcase made out of cherry. I built this and the DVD Tower at the same time. Everything is made out of solid cherry wood except for the shelves which are 3/4” cherry ply with a 1” solid wood piece rabbeted onto the front for strength. I made it to fit a specific place in our living room. It’s 48” wide and about 35” tall and 13” deep.

There were a lot of firsts for me with this project. I’ve never glued up wood to make a large panel before. I did this for the top piece which is about 14” wide. My new to me Grizzly jointer worked great for this. I’ve also never done raised panels before which was fun. I bought a freud router bit set for the rails and stiles which allowed me to tenon the rails into the stiles further than the standard groove. I’ve also never done a beaded face frame before. That took some practice. I notched the beads at a 45 degree angle on my table saw and then removed the rest of the material on my router table with a bit set to the same height as my table saw blade. After fine tuning the angle on my table saw i was able to get it pretty close (as evident in the last picture).

I forgot to take pictures of the building process so the only pictures i have are of the completed piece.

For the finish, i started with two coats of Charles Neils pre-conditioner (that stuff works great). Then I applied general finishes cinnamon stain. My next step was to put on Minwax polyacrylic on but on a test piece when i applied that it started to pick up the stain with it, even though the stain had dried for several days. So i then applied two coats of de-waxed shellac and then 3 coats of the satin polyacrylic. The shellac worked great. It protected the stain from being picked up by the polyacrylic.

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#1 posted 803 days ago

Very nice! I love the color….

-- Michael,

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#2 posted 803 days ago

It came out great ! Keep up the good work : )

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#3 posted 803 days ago

Beautiful bookcase.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#4 posted 803 days ago

Good looking bookcase. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting

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#5 posted 800 days ago

Nice work, looks great!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 800 days ago

You did an exceptional job on this, especially considering all of the ‘firsts’ involved. It’s really a beautiful case. I like the design so I am going to make it a favorite. Congratulations.


-- 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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#7 posted 800 days ago

Thank you all for your nice comments.

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