Small Oak Bookcase

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Project by TomFran posted 06-21-2007 05:07 AM 2846 views 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Oak bookcase made with oak plywood for sides and shelves (with solid facings). I used solid oak for top and trim. This was my first project using a Kreg pocket hole jig which really speeded up the construction and was nice to use. It was finished with poly.

I wanted a bookcase that would fit in a small opening next to my favorite reading chair. One of the advantages of being a woodworker is that you can make something to fit your own specifications. That’s what I did here. My wife used to get irritated because I always had a stack of books next to my chair. I decided that I would build something to alleviate the problem. Now I have an oak bookcase with a stack of books next to my chair!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#1 posted 06-21-2007 05:30 AM


To my eye I would say it has “classic” lines. I like it can you tell me what you used to finish it? I am building an oak entertainment center and the color appeals to me.

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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#2 posted 06-21-2007 05:37 AM

Very nice job – I like the classic look and finish of the project.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 06-21-2007 05:37 AM

looks great

-- jrlwoodworks

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#4 posted 06-21-2007 05:48 AM


I used Minwax Early American stain initially. But, because I used too fine of sandpaper and couldn’t get it as dark as I wanted, I ended up toning it down with Minwax Polyshades Dark Walnut. I wouldn’t recommend Polyshades though, since it is too difficult to maintain a uniform finish. It worked for me as a contingency, but other than that I wouldn’t use it.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#5 posted 06-21-2007 06:20 AM

It looks great! I second your thoughts on polyshades. I’ve never had any luck with that. It has very nice lines!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 06-21-2007 02:49 PM

Very pretty, Tom. I love oak. I find that Polyshades tends to be more uniform after several coats, but I’m not really a fan either. My current favorite is using various colors/mixtures of Watco Danish oil as a stain coat, followed by wipe-on poly.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 06-21-2007 03:18 PM

A classic.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#8 posted 06-21-2007 06:24 PM

Real nice looking book case. Love the dark oak you did and the arch at the top. jockmike

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

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#9 posted 06-21-2007 09:45 PM

Very nice…very clean.

-- Bob

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#10 posted 06-21-2007 10:03 PM

isnt that kreg jig great i love the fact that you can glue it up dirve the screw and your dun no waiting for the glue to dry befor assembaly and it turns out very clean lines very nice pice makes me want to go build someting

-- I buy tools so i can make more money,so ican buy more tools so I can work more, to make more money, so I can buy more tool, so I can work more

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#11 posted 06-21-2007 10:08 PM

Thanks so much to all of you for your kind and gracious comments. I know that my stuff is pretty basic compared to many of your creations.

It really is nice to be acquainted with others who enjoy making things out of wood. I am so thankful for this hobby and for the fun and satisfaction that I get out of it. It’s kind of cool to get “connected” with so many other woodworkers!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#12 posted 06-21-2007 10:16 PM


Yes, I do love my Kreg jig! I made this project in my spare time from start to finish in (2) weeks – and had FUN doing it. Before I bought this jig, I would probably have screwed and plugged to accomplish the job, but with my Kreg jig, it was so easy. I have to admit that I get anxious to complete some of my jobs.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#13 posted 06-22-2007 06:26 PM

Excellent work!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#14 posted 06-22-2007 06:51 PM

Very nice work and an attractive bookcase! I agree with you on the Kreg pocket screw jig. It is a real timesaver. I’ve been using it for about 3 months and in that time I’ve assembled about 36 cabinets and faceframes and a 2 mantel surrounds. Very fast and neat in hardwood, plywood, and MDF. You may need an extra clamp or 2 and I like the benchtop clamp for assembling faceframes. Sure beats M&T or biscuits on faceframes.

-- RonR, Massachusetts

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#15 posted 07-03-2008 03:57 PM

Beautiful craftsmanship once again and I think I see the inspiration for your mini mantle clocks there as well…NICE !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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