A nice job Dale. This is one of the items I want to make someday as well. How did you make the hinges for the doors? Could you get a picture of that for us? I know the hardware for that type of door is quite expensive.
Very nice work. I have an old set of barrister bookcases in our house. The glass has been broken in some of the units and the mechanisms all bind or are falling apart. I've been thinking of repairing them, but it's never gone beyond the thinking phase.
The finish I used was Zar 114 Provincial Oil Based Wood Stain and Zar Interior Satin Polyurethane. The first 2 pictures are more accurate colors than the third picture. I like the finish, however looking back I think that I would have liked a little darker finish with a slight redish tint - that would be a bit more accurate for the style.
The hardware for the hinges cost $1.49 - one 1/4" dowel rod. The doors hinge on a short piece of dowel that rides in a slot with a small piece of dowel at the back of the slot that acts as a stop for the doors. To make the doors pivot and stay up in the open position there is a third short dowel that is placed just behind the door at the top corner. See the new picture above. Hope this helps.