Bookcases for a Church Office

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Project by J. Curtis Goforth posted 05-01-2015 02:23 AM 1273 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made a series of six of these bookcases for a colleague of mine that is a Presbyterian minister. They were made from oak plywood and fluted molding and crown molding from Lowe’s. The finish was 6 coats of water-based Cabot stain/poly mix. I will not use the water-based stuff again…it took three times as many coats to get the desired tint to the wood and when it was all done even the satin looked more like a semi-gloss or gloss. All in all it was way too much work for the look.

The picture featured was the only one I had of the bookcases, and it was only halfway through the project. I had designs to tie them all together with poplar pieces in the same stain, but that never happened. The final analysis did feature 6 of these bookcases that could be placed next to each other in one big section. I learned a lot during the construction of these as it was among my first projects as a woodworker that I did of an original design. When they are seen all together they look really nice and I’m happy with them, though there are things I would do differently now (especially since I have much better tools now!). The second picture is of the church with the remaining pews. I’ve been able to make quite a few projects from the oak from those pews. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 05-01-2015 03:07 AM

Nice job.

Water base is definitely a different animal. I’ve not found one I like yet though they are getting a lot better.

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#2 posted 05-01-2015 02:26 PM

These are very nice and will make a fine library/office. I’m sure that he really loves them.

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#3 posted 05-01-2015 05:16 PM

It’s very nice.

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