Small Solid Cherry Bookcase...Some Assembly Required

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Project by BusterB posted 08-20-2018 07:08 PM 3316 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife got a new desk for her office and was looking at small bookcases online to match it. Always being the guy who doesn’t know when to stay quite, I offered to build her one if she wanted me to. Of course she accepted and I was on the hook. Been a while since I had worked on a serious project in the shop so I had to remember where everything was again…lol. Called a buddy who I knew had a stash of cherry and he fixed me up with enough rough boards to get the job done. The finished product was 40” tall, 34” wide and 10” deep (the top is 36×11). The best color match we could find was varathane’s cognac stain. Finished up with minwax clear gloss poly. I’m conclusion…I have missed y’all

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#1 posted 08-20-2018 07:30 PM

The case looks very nice Buster. I’m sure it was a lot of work but you got through it. Hey, you made some points too.
Funny when you are away from the shop for awhile things sure do seem to change.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 08-20-2018 08:47 PM

Love it! Have found, usually solid wood, less work the trying to use Ply panels!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 08-20-2018 10:11 PM

I want more pictures…

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 08-20-2018 10:15 PM

Nice job on the book case, Buster!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 08-20-2018 10:40 PM

You haven’t lost a step Buster, the bookcase is beautiful. Glad you are back in the shop. Thanks for sharing!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 08-20-2018 10:46 PM

Dave-Thank you sir… and who doesn’t need extra points right? LOL

Andre- Thank you sir. Not sure about the less work part but I too prefer working with solid wood when I can. As much pigment as was in the stain, I could have almost used some of Love to Learn’s OSB and it would have looked the same… LOL

Damnmarks- if you will look up my FB page (Buster B’s Frugal Woodshop) there are a few more photos posted there sir.

Jim- thank you sir. Congratulations on the new great grandbaby!!!

L2L- thank you sir. Don’t know about the not losing a step part but was pretty good being back in the shop.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#7 posted 08-21-2018 12:42 AM

“Some assembly required” is the best kind of furniture, and yours looks great.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#8 posted 08-21-2018 03:39 AM

Looks great!

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 08-21-2018 11:58 AM

Nicely done. Always so satisfying to the person building to know just how raw the materials were and how stunning they become

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#10 posted 08-21-2018 12:29 PM

Thank you Earl, Swirt and Scott for the kind words.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#11 posted 08-21-2018 02:17 PM


-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#12 posted 08-21-2018 03:50 PM

Some assembly required and you did it wonderfully! That is a nice looking book case!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#13 posted 08-21-2018 05:13 PM

Looks good. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#14 posted 08-21-2018 07:30 PM

That will outlive a “store bought” bookcase and LOOK BETTER the whole time too!


-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#15 posted 08-21-2018 07:42 PM

Nice work, beautiful piece of furniture.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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