Breanna's Red Bookcase

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Project by PaxJen posted 04-23-2021 05:37 PM 555 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A family member asked for a red bookcase. Beefy poplar stiles with mortise and tenon construction. Dominos in the plywood. Solid walnut top. The finish is General Finishes Tuscan Red, which went on smoothly. It is called milk paint, and may be a little soft for a bookcase. I might have to give it a top coat of sealer. 14 inch deep shelves, 35 inches wide. 4 feet tall. The plywood is “radiata” pine, which has nice thick plies, but seemed not quite as stable as baltic birch. 35 inches is a long span so the shelves are reinforced with 1 1/4 inch poplar. We shall see if it works.

-- Pax - Maryland

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#1 posted 04-23-2021 06:07 PM

That has a classy “parlor” look to it with the dark red and walnut top, nice! The top alone is gorgeous work!

One of the appeals of milk paint is it will wear in such a way as to give the piece a more antique look.

Personally I’d “live” with it for a few years and see how it evolves before committing to a top coat.

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#2 posted 04-23-2021 06:15 PM

The walnut and red contrast quite nicely.

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#3 posted 04-24-2021 12:40 AM

Nice looking bookcase. I like the red. Great work. :)

-- Tom

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#4 posted 04-24-2021 01:16 AM

Nicely designed and constructed. Great job.

-- AJ

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#5 posted 04-24-2021 01:17 AM

I bet she’s really going to love it!

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#6 posted 04-24-2021 02:22 AM

The walnut top looks great with that deep red.

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#7 posted 04-24-2021 02:52 AM

Beautiful in its simplicity. Nice work.

-- Ron, Montana

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#8 posted 04-24-2021 04:55 AM

Love the color, and with the Walnut it adds a richness.

The deep panel is very nice, sets the piece off.

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#9 posted 04-24-2021 03:13 PM

Thank you for all the kind comments.

-- Pax - Maryland

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#10 posted 04-25-2021 01:20 AM

Very nice design and the coloring is awesome. Well done.

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