Cherry Bookcase

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Project by DrSawdust posted 03-18-2007 05:28 PM 4205 views 20 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished building this bookcase yesterday. I have always wanted to do something with Cherry, however, the cost has been a deterant in the past. The wife found the plans in woodsmith and I decided to go for it. If I mess it up I’ll just have to learn from my mistakes. There were a few mistakes and I learned alot. The wife loves it, and when she’s happy I’m happy. Now all I have to do is finish it, . . . I hope I don’t mess it up.

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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#1 posted 03-18-2007 05:30 PM

Looks great!

-- Paul, Texas

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#2 posted 03-18-2007 05:54 PM

This looks like it is coming along very nicely. Which publication of Woodsmith was the plan in?

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 03-18-2007 05:58 PM

Looks good. How are you going to finish it?

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#4 posted 03-18-2007 06:19 PM

Very nice… I showed my wife and she is inspired… They style is not quite right for our home but she says she is going to draw up a picture and then I start looking for plans!


-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#5 posted 03-18-2007 07:39 PM

Beautiful! I like the design very much. Sometimes when I get to that point in a project, I’m almost afraid to finish it for fear of messing it up!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 03-18-2007 08:12 PM

I know that feeling, Charlie!!

The bookcase is gorgeous.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 03-18-2007 09:37 PM

Very good Doc. I’ve been happy using Amber Shellac for the first 3 coats and then sanding it smooth and then using clear shellac in a French Polish to bring out the shine.

Cherry is a great wood. I just picked up six boards at the sawmill 14’ long 2 – 19” wide and 4 – 16” wide and some additional at 2 1/4 thick by 12” wide.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 03-18-2007 10:26 PM

Fine work! Please post some picks after a finish has been applied.


-- Nicky

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#9 posted 03-19-2007 03:19 AM

Congradulations, that’s a very nice piece.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#10 posted 03-19-2007 04:15 AM

Make sure you read up on staining cherry. It tends not to stain evenly. Gel stains work really well for this purpose.

You did a really nice job with the bookcase.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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#11 posted 03-19-2007 04:28 PM

Here ’s a Cherry Magazine Table with a red Mahogany stain

You did a good job on the corners. Actually you did a good job all over, but the corners caught my eye.

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#12 posted 03-19-2007 04:29 PM

I agree with all the rest that looks fantastic.

-- Billp

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#13 posted 03-21-2007 05:09 AM

Sorry for the delayed response here. My second job, you know the one I go to everyday from 7am to 7pm, keeps getting in the way of my first job, building fine furniture for free.

The plans are in Woodsmith 155.

I really appreciate all the hints and tips on how to finish it. I am going to practice with a Mahogany Gel Stain on some scrap pieces of Cherry.

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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#14 posted 03-21-2007 05:38 AM

You mention a few mistakes… I fail see them. ;-) Very nice execution. I agree with Obi on the corners. Nice and tight.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#15 posted 03-21-2007 05:38 AM

Great job. Looks fantastic. Can’t wait to see how it finishes up.

That’s a great cherry find you got there Karson… Couldn’t fit those in my car. You could make one heck of a bookcase – nice deep shelves for all those coffee table books and other weighty tomes!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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