Custom Bookcase w/ Sawtooth Shelf System

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Project by Durbs75 posted 11-16-2016 11:20 AM 1596 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I say pictures don’t do this bookcase justice, I mean PICTURES DON’T DO THIS BOOKCASE JUSTICE!!!!! You gotta see this in person to see the sheer size and finish on this beauty!! This is a “new” bookcase crafted to appear to be an antique and very old. That’s why I said what I did above, if you look at the finish, you really couldn’t tell if it’s new or old. It turned out perfect!!

My client and I both designed this project and we came up with this final design. It features a unique shelf system known as a saw tooth shelf design. It’s been around for hundreds of years but it was perfect to use on this project because it makes it look dated. The wood chosen was #2 yellow pine to add character. All of the trim work is made in my shop. The overall finish is an onyx black paint sprayed on in 2 coats with an hvlp sprayer, distressed as shown, and then 3 coats of a clear satin acrylic water white poly. I thinned down the paint using the following recipe (3/4 gallon paint, 6 ounces water, and 5 ounces of Floetrol. Mix with a paint paddle in a drill, strain as you pour, and go to work!!). The overall dimensions of this bookcase is 10 ft 9 inches wide by 7 feet 6 inches tall by 16 1/2 inches deep. There are 3 sections that make up the entire project.

-- Carey Durbin, Marietta GA,

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#1 posted 11-16-2016 03:32 PM

Nice job on the finish and the adjustable shelves. It looks really good in the pictures.

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#2 posted 11-16-2016 05:33 PM

Really a great looking bookcase, well designed to look old and I’m the client was very pleased. Thanks for the share.

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 11-16-2016 10:58 PM

Just wanted to say I love that book case. You did a really good job. The adjustable shelves are cool. I have seen them used before but never have tried them. Keep up the good work.

-- Robbi

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#4 posted 11-17-2016 01:16 AM

Very nice “primitives” build. I really like the piece. For the poly did you have to do anything to knock the sheen down?

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#5 posted 11-17-2016 02:02 PM

Thank you all for your comments!!

Garret D. – The simple primitive look is exactly what my client wanted. She has a classic farmhouse and the appropriate styling to along with it!! The sheen is a satin acrylic poly I sprayed on. I didn’t do anything to it other than apply it. As a general rule, I applied 3 thinner coats to build up to what is shown. It cures properly and dries faster in thinner coats built up!!! Too thick of coats makes it look like plastic!

-- Carey Durbin, Marietta GA,

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