Bookshelf for my Army friend

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Project by Barney78 posted 10-26-2012 03:09 AM 1372 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So about 8 months ago my boss, which is also a Major in the Army reserves, asks me to make him a cheap shelf for his office. Keep in mind I work full time, go to college at night, work around the house, and it is a pleasure of mine to find time to actually build something out of wood. This is the reason it took about 8 months to build.

I wanted to make him a campaign style bookshelf, but the brass hardware is outrageous. So, I figured I would just make a nice handmade bookshelf with hand cut dovetails and stuff. I wanted to make it out of poplar but my guy did not have any ready yet. Then I remembered my Father-in-law had a big stack of flatsawn walnut lying around so I got some and started. The tree was knocked down by a storm, a local sawyer slabbed it up, and not it is a bookshelf.

It is made from black walnut and birch 1/4 inch plywood for backing (I wanted to do ship lapped back but oh my goodness that would have taken an extra month). I rubbed the whole thing down in boiled linseed oil, let it dry, and then used rattle can shellac on it. Almost forgot to mention, I used magnets to put the Major insignias on the front and inlayed a Army challenge coin in the middle. Then I rubbed some minwax paste wax on it to buff it out. I had a blast making this thing and can’t wait to make something else.

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#1 posted 10-26-2012 03:27 AM

Nice build

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 10-26-2012 03:36 AM

Looking great. It is anything but a “cheap” shelf.

-- Yves

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#3 posted 10-26-2012 12:58 PM

love it you can see all the work you put in it he will love it .
nice keep up the good work .

-- Nimkee** Joe

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#4 posted 10-26-2012 01:03 PM

The magnets holding the insignia were brilliant! He can swap them out every time he gets promoted.

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#5 posted 10-26-2012 01:15 PM

Great work, the dovetails are fantastic. Really nice 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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