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Here is my version on the Stickley No. 700 bookcase. It is constructed with QSWO with a blend of machines and hand tools - love my hand tools…. I followed Bob Lang's plans to a tee and I found the plans to be 100% accurate, which I have found very typical of Bob's products. If you're interested, drawing can be found here.
https://readwatchdo.com/2016/10/ellis-stickley-no-700-bookcase-pdf-download-plans/

The finish consists of a couple coats of dark vintage maple transtint dye, clear shellac seal coat, old masters dark walnut wiping stain (color strike the pores), 2 coats of hand brushed clear shellac and johnson's paste wax.

I am still very inexperienced in my woodworking journey. I don't have much time to dedicate to it and still building projects out of my garage. Total project time is never considered as it is just my hobby - my wife claims I am the worlds slowest woodworker - LOL. I just try to complete each activity as well as I possibly can with my current skill level, understanding that speed will come in time. It's a great hobby for me - a true escape from work and the stresses from life in general.

Anyway, thanks for looking and always appreciative of constructive comments from you fine folks. It always helps me to continue to improve going forward.

MAO (Indiana)

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Very nice. I own several Stickley pieces and have built some as well. Bob Lang is as good as they get when it comes to accurate and thorough plans for Stickley pieces.

Most of us are hobby woodworkers. A good project takes as much time and effort as you can dedicate to it. Your comments certainly ring true with me.
 

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beautiful piece.
 

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That's a piece to be proud of!
I like to think of it this way: Hobbies burn money be it car parts, tickets to games/shows, fishing tackle, beer money, etc etc. If your hobby makes you happy and happens to turn out gorgeous furniture (such as this project) or any helpful nack, then you're well ahead!
 

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I see a lot of skill in that there hobby you have! Very nice and an inspiration.
 

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Beautiful piece, and a great finish! Looks fantastic.

The only thing you (and Bob) left out is the leaded glass dividers.

Even if that took a very long time to build, it's something you should be very proud of.
Nice work!
 

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Beautiful Mark!

Just think "good", "fast", "cheap" (choose two)

No need to ever apologize for taking your time, I've been "working" on a sideboard for the spousal unit for several years now 8^)
 

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very. nice. indeed!
 

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Life isn't a race, more a journey. You were just getting used to being around such a nice piece.

I agree about Bob's work, I have his books.
 

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I do have his book and when I got home I looked it up. I showed it to the wife and said this is the stuff I want to build. She said I don't like the mirror door glass. ; -)
 

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very nicely done, MAO !!
that style cabinet was my Bread-n-Butter before I started making signs full time.
but mine mostly had double doors and 50% or more were gun cabinets.
very versatile design for just about any kind of custom made cabinet.

well done !!

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Wow, was just looking at this bookcase in the same book and online earlier this week! Beautiful job.
 

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Well done Mark! Congrats on the #1!!!
 

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You did a great job. The wood and finish look great. I built a chair from Bob Lang's book. I'd like to add that cabinet.
 

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Beautiful piece, and a great finish. Jobs like that can't be rushed. It is not how fast a build it, it's how the final project looks. Great job
 

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Well executed!
 

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Mark, A very nice cabinet, your time was well spent.
 

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MAO,

I think your skill is your patience. That is a well done bookcase! Thought is cool you signed your project w covid on it. Snapshot of history. Keep trying new things and enjoy!
 

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Your project looks great! The attention to detail is really nice, especially for a "beginner", although I can't see that it really applies anymore, with a piece finished like this. And when you consider how long such a family heirloom will endure, for generations of enjoyment, then the time spent is really nothing. Especially with the new normal with Covid, you and your family will have more home-time to appreciate the details!

Finally though, aside from the PITA dealing with the necessary enclosure and PPE, why did you not consider ammonia fuming? I've done several projects this way and it works really well for QSWO, and was a favorite finish for G.Stickley himself.
 
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