Red Oak Bookcase

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Project by michaelray posted 12-30-2009 06:12 PM 6310 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Book case made from solid red oak and red oak plywood. Made for a good friend’s daughter as a Christmas gift.

Size is 72” tall x 30” wide x 12” deep. The middle shelf is fixed and the other 4 shelves are adjustable. Finished with 2 coats of Golden Pecan stain, 1 coat of Mission Oak stain/poly, 1 glaze coat of Jacobean stain, and finally 3 coats of wipe on satin poly. After everything was dry I finished it off with a light coat of beeswax and orange oil. Below are some more pictures of before and after the stain was applied.

Wish I would have been able to get better photos as I think these don’t do it justice. I was getting ready to load it up for delivery when I realized I hadn’t take any pictures of the finished project. The one photo before the finish was taken with a camera phone.

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#1 posted 12-30-2009 06:39 PM

Great looking bookcase.

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#2 posted 12-30-2009 06:43 PM

Very nice job, michaelray. Thanks for revealing your finishing schedule. The resulting color and sheen are perfect for Red Oak.

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#3 posted 12-30-2009 07:33 PM

Nice bookcase.

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#4 posted 12-31-2009 03:40 PM

Michael, this is a gorgeous bookcase. It looks to be well built and the finish is really nice. You put a lot of effort in the finish and it certainly paid off.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 12-31-2009 08:10 PM

Beautiful bookcase Michael. Red oak seems to be my primary wood of choice for projects and it looks great here. A couple of questions:
First, a 6’ tall bookcase with adjustable shelving calls for a lot of shelf pin holes. How did you make yours? Do you have a store-bought jig or use peg board?

Secondly, I assume the shelves are from red oak ply. If so, how did you cover the edges? Did you use veneer tape or solid wood? Great job on the project!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#6 posted 01-01-2010 03:13 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone.

- Lenny -

I used the Jig It shelving jig from Rockler to drill all the shelf pin holes. Made my life much easier.
And yes, the shelves are red oak ply. I used solid 3/4”x1” strips on the front and back of each shelf including the fixed shelf in the middle. I attached them all with biscuits and glue. I also put a small 1/4” radius on the underside of each of the adjustable shelves so they would slide on to the shelf pins a bit easier.

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#7 posted 01-01-2010 04:49 AM

Great! Those jigs are indispensable when it comes to a project like this.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#8 posted 01-02-2010 02:51 AM

That is a great looking bookcase

I started mine a while back made from red oak that laid in the woods for two years. I sawed it into boards a year ago and let it air dry
I will be finished in a couple of weeks with my bookcase for my daughter
I am a beginner


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