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Project by jeffswildwood posted 501 days ago 776 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first try at making a bookshelf. lots of fun and learned a lot also. Made a standard bookshelf and then placed a reveal around the front. Round-over on the front top and sides. Used red oak stain and satin polyurethane. First lesson for me, learn a new way to finish my projects. Had a terrible time with the poly this time.

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#1 posted 501 days ago

The project came out nice, as well as the finish – despite any difficulties you may have had. Next time, try General Finish’s ARM-R-SEAL. Wipes on easily and for me provides a very smooth surface.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 501 days ago

Thanks for the nice comment and the tip Oldtool. Minwax poly with a foam brush worked good for me for years but now seems like a fight every time. I think I will go wipe on for my next project.

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#3 posted 501 days ago

It looks real good for your first one. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#4 posted 501 days ago

Nice job Jeff. I can’t comment on the finish difficulties because I usually have the same type of problems with poly. But, hopefully every project you do will have some sort of learning curve. That is what makes woodworking interesting :).

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 501 days ago

Thanks for the kind comments everyone. I do try to learn new things with each project. The book case was the first one and the first time I did a reveal. I have several projects in mind with new things to try (if I could get caught up on my treasure chest box orders). Thanks all for looking.

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#6 posted 499 days ago

Great grain look, regardless….. ya done good!

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#7 posted 498 days ago

Good looking bookshelf! Like the simple design and the finish really made the grains pop. Well done!

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