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Project by rjb37 posted 324 days ago 852 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this bookcase for my wife specifically for her genealogy books and stuff. The two drawers at the top hold her maps and other things that need to be rolled up. My daughters convinced her that it was too nice to be in her den and should be moved to the living room.
I now have to make a “living room” bookcase because my wife wants this back in her den.
It all solid poplar, dovetailed top, bottom and the base. The shelves are held in dadoes and I used miller dowels to hold them in place. I bought the lumber S3S and I did almost all of the work with hand tools only. I used a jig saw and a pattern router to do the step side profiles. The next one I’m going to try and do hand tool only.

-- accidental woodworker





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#1 posted 324 days ago

Very nicely done—obviously this has already become a family heirloom. Congratulations on a job well done.

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

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#2 posted 324 days ago

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#3 posted 324 days ago

A very nice piece. Well done. What’s the finish?

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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rjb37

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#4 posted 323 days ago

Thanx for the compliments. I used Zinsser Sanding Sealer. I cut the first two coats 50-50 with alcohol and then I applied 6 full strength coats.
I like shellac because it’s so easy to apply and repair if need be. With a bookcase I don’t really have to worry about water etc getting on it.

-- accidental woodworker

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