Office BookCase

Office BookCase
Office BookCase
Office BookCase
Office BookCase
Office BookCase

This is an old project I posted somewhere else.

I built this bookcase over few weekends during September/October 2013.
This is probably the biggest project I built so far.

I pretty much followed the plans from Woodsmith for this one. The plan was for one bookcase; I doubled it to cover the entire wall.

The biggest problem I encountered was moving the various cabinet out of the garage and back in every weekend. I have not been able to convince my wife to park outside yet.
I did get a lot of help from both kids with moving and finishing:)

I used project grade 3/4” maple plywood from Lowes.
The molding and trims are cherry.

Lots of ash and oak shorts from the scrape bin where used to stiffen the cabinets.

I prefinished all the panel before cutting the grooves and trimmings to size.

I got some challenges with the finish. I got lots of dust settling on the panel during the drying process thus more sanding. Although I used the ceiling filter and I did apply the finish on weekends I did not cut anything .

Screws hidden behind the trims were used to minimize the use of clamps.

Drawers are cherry and maple half blind dovetail on porter cable jig.
I was my first time using the porter cable jig. Took some time to get some practice but still the results are not to my liking.

I sanded all to 220 grit, applied Zinsser sanding sealer, sanded lightly with 320 grit.
I followed with 2 coats of brushed Miniwax pecan with light sanding in between.

Screw ups:
Quite a bit on the finish. I got blotching on the cherry trims Despite using shellac sanding sealer. I run out of Miniwax so I finished some of the front trims and the drawer frame with water based poly. Very different beasts… Definitely not as warm as the Miniwax.

I was short in few places while fitting the moldings.

The brass shelf standards are from Rockler.

It was a fun build and it turned out to be really strong.

Side Note:

I am currently building a modular and detachable spraying booth from PVC pipes that I can pack and stow away.

I am also looking into an HVLP sprayer. I am inching towards the Fuji Q4 gold for it’s quieter than the rest; at least that’s what youtube says. Your thought on that will probably be very helpful since I have never sprayed. I got a 3M 7500 series mask with the needed cartridges.

Please don’t hesitate with any advise. Criticism is always welcome.

Edit: I have since this build bought the Fuji Q4 Gold and love it. It is very quiet indeed. I did not build the spray booth since I am spraying in the backyard under my pergola.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA


great looking bookcase; a solid bookcase like this sure makes a room look good. Can’t see the blotching from the pics, normally I’m not too big a fan of staining but I like the colour the stain brought to the cherry.

Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Thanks Manitario!

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

I’m going to build a bookcase next week, but I can tell you that it won’t look so good as yours :)

Good job!

-- Michal,

Thanks Bulla!

Good luck with your build!

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Nice job. I agree there are not many better ways to spruce up a room and this one looks great.

Losing fingers since 1969

Thanks Brian!

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

that is a good looking unit . I built a three piece full wall for a guy back in 1983 . Lost all pictures of my earlier projects during a divorce . You have the talent .


Thanks Bruce!

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Wow that’s a very impressive bookcase.I noticed how nice and organized everything was in the photo layout,that always makes things much easier fora big build like this.

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Thanks Jim!

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA