Mission Style Bookshelf made from ... Cherry

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Project by JeffG posted 366 days ago 1593 views 13 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made from solid cherry, this mission style bookshelf has two adjustable shelves to maximize storage choices. Dimensions are 60”H x 30”W x 13”D. I cut the plugs with a (newly purchased for this project) 3/8-in plug cutter so I was able to match (somewhat) the grain. Starting from rough cut lumber, I was able to make the shelves 7/8 thick and the legs are 1” thick. With this being my first missions style piece, I was a little worried about not using a back piece to add stability. No worries – it’s solid as a rock. And I was a little worried about a mission style piece not being made of the traditional oak. No worries – looks great to me. Finished with two coats of brush on poly and one coat of wipe on poly.
Thanks for looking -Jeff

-- Jeff G, North Syracuse, NY

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#1 posted 366 days ago

I’d say it’s a home run, and in my opinion cherry looks just as good or better than QS oak in many pieces.

-- Joe

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#2 posted 366 days ago

Looks awesome!

-- Rich, Kentucky

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#3 posted 366 days ago

Very nicely done—looks great.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 366 days ago

that finish looks dynamite. very well done!

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#5 posted 366 days ago

Really good looking piece. Very nice job.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#6 posted 366 days ago

Very nice book shelf and the finish really good…nice job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#7 posted 366 days ago

Jeff,very interesting design.

-- Lidiya,Russia.

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#8 posted 366 days ago

Great job, the cherry looks amazing! It’s my current favorite wood. :-)

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#9 posted 365 days ago

Looks beautiful

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#10 posted 364 days ago

Nice Job!! In my opinion cherry is always a great choice.

-- Kurt K.

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#11 posted 306 days ago

This bookshelf is absolutely beautiful! Excellent job!


-- Donnell

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