Oak bookcase with mahogany accents

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Project by CheyenneB posted 10-14-2012 01:19 AM 1325 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

My wife asked me to build a bookcase in my spare time. So, this is what I have been doing in my spare time. By the way, while I was making it she decided she liked the design and has put in an order for two more!

It is made from one sheet of 3/4” oak plywood and the back is 1/8” oak plywood. Oak 1×2 for the side trim, Oak 1×4 joined with mahogany 1×2 for the top and base. I routed a roundoff with a 1/2” bit and used the same bit to round off the side trim. The side trim pieces were mounted to another mahogany strip attached flush to the side of the shelves. The design was intended to hide all fasteners (brad nails) and so nail holes are only visible from behind the case – therefore we will never see them!

I routed dadoes for the shelves with a 19mm router bit, and had to take just a tiny bit off the shelves to slide them in securely. The base was built out a little with two 1×2 pieces before the base oak/mahogany piece was attached. I did this for a more solid look and more stability.

I put 4 coats of Minwax urethane on it with sanding between coats (220, then 400, then 600 grit). To finish I used 600 very lightly, then rubbed it to a good sheen.

The final dimensions are 76” h x 31” w x 12” d.

Overall I am very happy with it as it looks decent and is my first foray into furniture. However, due to the advance orders my wife has placed for other shelves and the fact that I like it, I will be doing more furniture pieces.


-- Cheyenne

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#1 posted 10-14-2012 06:06 PM

Very neat, I like the sheen, well finished!

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