Red Oak Book Shelf

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Project by TDSpade posted 02-20-2013 07:46 AM 1523 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this bookshelf for a co-worker. Made from one sheet of ¾ inch red oak plywood, ¼ inch red oak plywood for the back and red oak trim for the edgings and bottom piece. Solid red oak top. Finished with minwax red oak stain and wipe on poly. 42 inches high by 36 inches wide.

What I learned

Even though both sides of the ply was A grade (Home Depot rating anyway). Each side took the stain differently.

Exact-Width Dado Jigs are great but clamp both sides. Or your dado will be slightly wider at one end.

Red oak weeps out excess stain in little tiny spots if you over do the stain. Stain lightly, wipe off and repeat every couple of hours until you get it as dark as you want it. But it will only get so dark.

-- For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert.

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#1 posted 02-20-2013 08:36 AM

Good build.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-20-2013 10:19 PM

beautiful book shelf!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 02-21-2013 11:55 AM

My first comment on a post. Really great looking piece. I love the grain. So simple, yet gorgeous!

-- Brian -

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