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Project by Devereauxrf posted 04-19-2020 06:06 PM 352 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made a bookcase for my sons first birthday. He turned one back in January and now he finally has his present not that he really knows the difference thankfully.

It is made from quartersawn red oak, stained with Varathane Early American, and finished with a few coats of minwax satin wipe on poly.

I followed plans out of an old Woodsmith magazine. This is the first “big” project I’ve done and I learned quite a bit. There are a few mishaps on it but I think I covered/disguised them. Which is probably an important skill for me to have.

As you can see it didn’t take long for the kids to start filling it up. I also put a safety cable at the top to secure it to the wall to prevent tip overs. That does make it stick out from the wall a bit which I don’t like and it doesn’t seem quite as sturdy as when it was pushed up against the wall but I guess its safety first.

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#1 posted 04-19-2020 07:42 PM

That’s a real nice looking bookcase and I think the saftey cable is a great idea.

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#2 posted 04-20-2020 01:12 AM

Nice bookcase, I have always like the Early American stain for Red Oak as well.

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#3 posted 04-20-2020 02:10 AM

That came out nice.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 04-20-2020 04:16 AM

The finish looks great. Nice job.

-- Travis, St Joe MO

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