Built in bookcases

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Project by Allen posted 04-06-2007 02:58 PM 1607 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since moving out on my own I had always missed the built in bookcases of my parents’ house. I love books and over the years I had been forced to get rid of a lot that I would have kept if I had the room. When my wife and I bought our home a few years ago I looked at this lovely big blank wall of our living room and knew what I wanted to do.

The cases were built in sections, installed and the face frame styles and top and bottom mouldings attached once the cases were shimmed level and fastened down. Nothing overly ornate or involved, just pretty simple cases with dados and fixed shelves, but enough room that I shouldn’t have to dispose of books for a long time to come.

The whole thing is poplar, finish is Minwax Woodsheen wipe-on stain/topcoat “Plantation Walnut” chosen because the color on the poplar was a nearly exact match for the paneling in the room.

Apologize for the picture quality. The room is dark to begin with and I don’t have a professional photo setup.

-- We may never know who let the dogs out, but I'd bet anything PETA was involved.

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#1 posted 04-06-2007 03:03 PM

Professional photo set-up or not. It looks great.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 04-06-2007 10:14 PM

excellent !!
I love wall-to-wall bookshelves

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 04-07-2007 09:32 PM

Very nice looking bookcase. Wish I had the room for one that size. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 04-07-2007 09:35 PM

Nice job Allen. And you did it with poplar? That is great. Shows you do not have to use those fancy woods to get a nice looking project.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#5 posted 04-08-2007 12:23 AM

I always wanted a vaulted ceiling in a great room with a circular stairs going up to a small library room with a nice easy chair to sit and read.

You’ve done it on one lever. Great looking library.

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

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