Cherry Bookshelf

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Project by Norman1 posted 07-31-2011 04:06 PM 3108 views 8 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a cherry bookshelf that I made for our home office. The project is made of many large parts and the overall dimensions of the bookshelf are 96” wide, 84” tall, and 19” deep. Me woodshop is our two car garage and without a project it’s already crowded so this project with several very large parts added many unique challenges to the overall build and finishing process. I finished the bookshelf with a multi layered approach I learned from Teri Masaschi during a finishing workshop (A to Z Finishing) she taught at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. The process begins with spraying light golden oak dye then a vinyl sealer to lock in the initial color. After the sealer dries in about 24 hours I hand rubbed burnt umber glaze over the project then buffed the entire project by hand. Big project with lots of hand rubbing. I then sprayed 3 coats of lacquer and rubbed out the finishing 200 hundred hours later starting with wool and finishing with 4000 grit wet sanding with wool lube.

I used plans from the Dec/Jan 2006 Family Handyman and modified dimensions to meet my needs.

-- Michael A. Norman

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#1 posted 07-31-2011 04:12 PM

Beauty I like the bookcase.


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#2 posted 07-31-2011 04:15 PM

That sounds like a very complicated finishing process, but the results are fantastic!

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

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#3 posted 07-31-2011 05:49 PM

Nice work and great job. I finished a Entertainment Center that took 120 hours so I can understand how much time and effort you put in. Its a real beauty!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 07-31-2011 07:47 PM

This project came out great! My favorite details are the crown moulding that jogs out to follow the larger center section, and the stopped chamfers on the doors.
Keep up the great work.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#5 posted 08-01-2011 04:55 AM

So I guess you were not in your home office for a while! You have created a lovely piece of furniture.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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