Barrister Bookcase

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This is a cherry barrister bookcase I made my girlfriend for Christmas. It is from a plan. It is stained with General Finishes Antique Cherry stain. Two coats of urethane on the vertical surfaces. Four coats on the horizontal surfaces. I had a glass shop make custom glass inserts. Sixty panes of genuine 1920’s wavy glass with leading holding them together. I drew CAD drawings of how I wanted the glass to look and provided them to the glass artist. The doors tolt up to 90 degrees and then slide in. Instead of mechanical slides, I utilized wood dowels riding in routed slots in the frame. I aged the internal door latches with ammonia fumes to age the metal. I built the three section cabinet with pegs and holes like Legos so it can be broken down, moved easily and reset back up again.

My GF and I were in an antique shop in Northern Wisconsin this summer. She saw one similar to this in the shop. She loved it but it wasn’t worth $1800 to me. She walked on to look at other things and I used my arm as a measuring tool to measure the dimensions and my smart phone to photograph the glass layout.

The custom glass work was $823 and the cherry I got for about $200.

We just need to keep her giant dog from breaking the glass.

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#1 posted 582 days ago

It looks great, a really nice gift.

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#2 posted 582 days ago

I really like this, the glass really adds to it plus a super finish.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 582 days ago

Wow! Way to go Scott! I built a very similar Barrister’s, however, I could not afford that kind of extra glass work. That glass really sets this off. What a winner!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#4 posted 582 days ago

Nice job! People will be admiring the glass layout long after you’ve forgotton the cost. The two sizes of glass really make the piece.

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#5 posted 582 days ago

A very beautiful piece indeed! Nicely done.

You have given me an idea as to what to build my brother for NEXT Christmas. Thanks for the idea and the inspiration!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 582 days ago

You have captured a rare old look to this piece. Nice job and well executed.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#7 posted 582 days ago

Very classy

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#8 posted 582 days ago

beautiful piece

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#9 posted 582 days ago

That is very beautiful. Great job on the build.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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#10 posted 582 days ago

That is beautiful. She will cherish this for years… decades. Thanks for sharing.

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#11 posted 582 days ago

WOW Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#12 posted 582 days ago

Thanks all. I appreciate it…!

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#13 posted 581 days ago


I love the piece and the look. Some great work here, within the details and execution.


-- Lead By Example; Make a Difference

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#14 posted 581 days ago

Gorgeous. Should be good for a couple of kitchen passes.

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#15 posted 558 days ago

very nice love the bookcase thats on my list

-- jrm123

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