Low Cherry Bookcase

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Project by Jeff posted 06-05-2010 02:44 AM 6447 views 8 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my wife’s favorite project of mine, and one that i’m somewhat loath to look at. It’s not that it doesn’t look nice, it actually fits really well in our living room. It’s just that I am not proud of the construction methods used. The carcase is particle core cherry ply, which is laminated together for the partitions to give the illusion of thickness. Face frames and bottom skirt are solid cherry. The face frames are just glued on, same with the end panel (not visible in photos). The mitres didn’t come out quite right and I later realized that my compound mitre saw would flex during the cut (that one has since been replaced by a quality machine).

I suppose in the end as long as she’s happy with it that’s all that matters, but it serves as a reminder to me to try to improve my construction methods.

The design was from a plan that I purchased online. Finish on this one was Tung oil.

-- Jeff

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#1 posted 06-05-2010 02:54 AM

Quite while your ahead Jeff , you know the saying if momma isn’t happy…. don’t be so hard on your self . Your can always make the next project better. As for me it looks good from here.

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#2 posted 06-05-2010 03:09 AM

Jeff, A1 is right…........don’t be so hard on yourself. After 25 years, I still try to improve on each project I do and learn something new. It looks really good and the most important one to please is the Mrs…... Job well done!

-- John @

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#3 posted 06-05-2010 03:40 AM

Jeff – I think it looks good. I’d take it for my home. Sounds to me like you’ve learned some things from this project. Can’t wait to see your next project.

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#4 posted 06-05-2010 04:22 AM

Nice looking bookcase.

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#5 posted 06-05-2010 04:46 AM

Man, I don’t see anything to gripe about. I’m with your wife on this one.

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

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#6 posted 06-05-2010 02:01 PM

Looks good from my house.

-- Doug...

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#7 posted 06-05-2010 03:44 PM

Great job!!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#8 posted 06-05-2010 10:21 PM

Aww shucks, you guys are very supportive. Thanks for all the kind comments, that was a good point that not everything has to be built to last forever, heck even if it lasts 30 years it would be far better than the knockdown, melamine, saggy shelf version from WalMart.

-- Jeff

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#9 posted 06-06-2010 01:33 AM

Beautiful piece. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 06-09-2010 03:24 PM

I think we all look back at our earlier projects and wish we did a few things differently. There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s how we improve our skills. From here I think it looks great but for you it will push you even harder on the next project.

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#11 posted 06-10-2010 04:20 PM

This is a great looking bookcase. Tung oil gives it a great natural look.

-- if you can't light a $100 bill on fire and watch it burn, you're in the wrong hobby.

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