Barrister Bookcase

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Project by Dale posted 07-02-2007 06:57 PM 14755 views 14 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a barrister bookcase that I built to hold my collection of Civil War books. QSWO & white oak plywood, used dowels for the doors to hinge on, no hardware other than the knobs (Horton Brass).

-- Dale, Pittsburgh PA -

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#1 posted 07-02-2007 07:01 PM

Very nice bookcase. I would like to build one of these someday. Did you have plans for this?

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

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#2 posted 07-02-2007 07:05 PM

Super looking barrister bookcase, Dale!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#3 posted 07-02-2007 07:07 PM

I used the plans from WOOD Magazine, June / July 03 Issue #149.

-- Dale, Pittsburgh PA -

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#4 posted 07-02-2007 08:58 PM

Like Tom, one of these is on my project list under “one of these days.” Great job. I like this design and you executed it very well.

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

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#5 posted 07-03-2007 01:25 AM

very nice…I like the execution …nice job…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 07-03-2007 01:26 AM

What is the finish?
The first 2 photos look like it might have been fumed but the last looks stained.

In any case (triple pun there) it is a nice looking project.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#7 posted 07-03-2007 04:11 AM

Very nice looking bookcase. How did you finish the bookcase?

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, [email protected]

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#8 posted 07-04-2007 01:18 PM

I like it. I made one for my daughter a few months ago so I can appreciate what you have achieved. Especially with the doors. I assume your’s lift then slide back into the cabinet. Well done.

-- Bob

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#9 posted 07-04-2007 03:19 PM

Dale, I have a ton of my mother’s and father’s old medical textbooks. Many classics and I’ve been lamenting on how to display them in my private office. I think you just showed me how. Wonderful work!

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

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#10 posted 07-04-2007 06:49 PM

A nice job Dale. This is one of the items I want to make someday as well. How did you make the hinges for the doors? Could you get a picture of that for us? I know the hardware for that type of door is quite expensive.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#11 posted 07-04-2007 09:54 PM

Very well done! Your finish looks great. This piece looks perfect.

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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#12 posted 07-05-2007 04:02 AM

Very nice work. I have an old set of barrister bookcases in our house. The glass has been broken in some of the units and the mechanisms all bind or are falling apart. I’ve been thinking of repairing them, but it’s never gone beyond the thinking phase.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#13 posted 07-06-2007 04:23 PM

The finish I used was Zar 114 Provincial Oil Based Wood Stain and Zar Interior Satin Polyurethane. The first 2 pictures are more accurate colors than the third picture. I like the finish, however looking back I think that I would have liked a little darker finish with a slight redish tint – that would be a bit more accurate for the style.

The hardware for the hinges cost $1.49 – one 1/4” dowel rod. The doors hinge on a short piece of dowel that rides in a slot with a small piece of dowel at the back of the slot that acts as a stop for the doors. To make the doors pivot and stay up in the open position there is a third short dowel that is placed just behind the door at the top corner. See the new picture above. Hope this helps.

-- Dale, Pittsburgh PA -

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#14 posted 07-06-2007 04:58 PM

Very cool Dale. That new picture helps a lot.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#15 posted 07-15-2007 07:19 PM

great project !! love the wood ….

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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