| Barrister Bookcases
project started as an exercise. I have planned to build a 4-door
version of this in walnut. Since I obtained a large load of oak very
cheap, I decided that I should practice on the cheap stuff before
starting on the walnut. As it proceeded, I decided to finish and keep
it. For it's first use, I'll be storing CDs in it, so I added a shelf
in each case (removable). The unit is actually 4 separate pieces - the base, two cases and the top.
The plans are from Woodsmith #134
The cases are made from red oak with a shellac finish. To darken the color, I tanned
the cases in the sun for 2 days prior to sealing. This is my first big
project finished with shellac -- it's a joy to work with. I also tried
inlay work for the first time - the two diamonds on the top are inlayed
There is one thing I wish I had done better - the side panels
(especially the right side) have a lot of variation in color. These
were recycled panels (rejects from a factory)...I should have dug
deeper in the pile to find a better matched panel.