Glass Door Book Case

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Project by TelescopeMaker posted 03-04-2013 02:10 AM 1873 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife is a book collector and quite a Tolkien aficionado with several first editions etc. They needed a place to be displayed out of the dust. I started this back in early December, but didn’t manage to finish it before Yuletide. But at least it’s still winter!

The second part matches this and is mounted on top of it, but it’s not finished yet.

It’s made of “white wood” plywood that they sell at lowes. I have no idea what that means – a rather bland grain to it. The edges are 1/4” strips of SYP, as are the door frames. Hinges and pulls are from Rockler and glass from Intown Ace Hardware up the way. (love that place!)

The back is some left over luan plywood from the ceiling of my shed a couple years ago.

I inherited all of my father’s wooden hand planes, and I used them to make the bead work around the glass. Now that I have done that I wouldn’t do it any other way – it worked out really well, and wasn’t nearly as noisy as a router setup.

-- Telescope Maker, Woodworker, Brewer, Gizmologist, Gardner, Lawn Mower

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#1 posted 03-04-2013 02:12 AM

Finish is Shellac, with two overcoats of lacquer over the shelves. Shelves are adjustable 32mm centers.

-- Telescope Maker, Woodworker, Brewer, Gizmologist, Gardner, Lawn Mower

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#2 posted 03-04-2013 02:01 PM

Great looking book case….good build sir

-- 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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#3 posted 03-06-2013 05:28 PM

Very nice build, you made a great home for wife’s books and Tolkien’s. Great job!

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#4 posted 10-26-2017 03:12 PM

This is a beautiful bookcase and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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