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I started this project near the end of last month. My customer wanted simple red oak book cases that would hold loads of books and hot have any sagging shelves.
The finish is Old Masters Gel Varnish, my new varnish of choice. The cases are 120" wide and have to fit a wall that is 10'-2" wide. I hope I measured correctly! Lots of shelves with 690 holes for adjustments. There are 6 shelf hanger hooks for each shelf, 2 on each side and 1 each for the front and back center stiles. Each end cabinet is setting on 6 adjustable feet , adjusted through the bottoms of the cabinets and each foot is good for 300#'s each so each cabinet should be good for at least 1800#'s. Over all height is 80". I was lucky to get a great grain patter for the back panels, too bad they will be hidden behind a bunch'a ole books. ;!)
I again used my preferred method of choice construction, front and back face frames with 12 dado joints on each cabinet. This makes 13 cabinets that I have built this way since October last year. These things are extremely rigid.
Comments welcome!
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Only one word: gorgeous.
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On 6/29/2012 2:04 PM, Z3Driver wrote:

Thank you!
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Z3Driver wrote:

Yes, non-simply beautiful.
Bill
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On 6/29/2012 2:52 PM, Bill wrote:

Thank you Bill!
And may I remind you that I used Old Masters Gel varnish? ;~)
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On 6/29/12 3:16 PM, Leon wrote:

I haven't followed the whole thread so I'm unaware of any inside jokes.... so are you saying this *is* in fact the Old Masters stuff.
This is the stuff you say dries pretty fact?
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-MIKE- wrote:

I'm 99% sure that the answer to that is yes.
Bill

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On 6/29/2012 7:21 PM, -MIKE- wrote:

Yes that is the stuff. Actually most all of the gel varnishes dry pretty quickly but the Old Masters is head and shoulders above General Finishes Gel Varnish.
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Hey Leon -
I use General Finishes "Gel Topcoat" (http://www.generalfinishes.com/retail-products/oil-base-top-coats ) and am happy with the results. Is the GF Gel Varnish you refer to above in fact the Gel Topcoat, or a different product?
Besides drying speed, any other reason you prefer the Old Masters product?
Thanks.
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On 7/2/2012 4:17 PM, J. Random Lurker wrote:

If you like the General Finishes Gel Varnish you wold most likely "love" any other brand.
I have used Barteys, Lawrence McFadden, General Finishes, Old Masters, and Verithane gel varnishes.
I absolutely hated General Finishes "Gel" varnish and I tried it a couple of times. I do like and have been using their other products for a very long time.
What I don't like about the GF Gel is that it has a consistency/thickness of apple sauce, not really a gel.
All of the other brands that I have used are more like pudding and or Vaseline and I feel they go on more consistently and cover better. They will not run or drip like theGF Gel that I have used.
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On 6/29/12 2:33 PM, Leon wrote:

Those are beautiful, love the grain on the backs, but yeah, once it is loaded that will be lost. My wife has a butt load of books and wanted some shelving in the basement for them, I went to Ikea. :-)
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On 6/29/2012 2:07 PM, FrozenNorth wrote:

Thank you! Ikea huh? ;~)
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On 6/29/12 3:16 PM, Leon wrote:

No Ikea stores in Texas? Cheap Swedish knock down build it yourself stuff, but it is in the basement.
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On 6/29/2012 2:32 PM, FrozenNorth wrote:

Yeah we have one, I visited once about 10 years ago and again recently only because I forgot that you have to go through a maze to get out.
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On 6/29/12 3:41 PM, Leon wrote:

My wife likes their candles and some of the other stuff sold near the exits, we we break in through an open check-out line and go for what she wants instead of taking the scenic tour. :-)
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On 06/29/2012 12:16 PM, Leon wrote:

Pronounced Ick-e-a
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On Fri, 29 Jun 2012 12:40:05 -0700, Doug Winterburn

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On Friday, June 29, 2012 2:33:19 PM UTC-4, Leon wrote:

very nice! i hadn't seen the "front and back face frame" technique before.
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On 6/29/2012 2:19 PM, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Thank you!
I first use it here on this link about 6~9 months ago
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lcb11211/6485169533/in/set-72157622991960362
And again here about 3 months ago.
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First off, very nice looking bookshelves. Those books will have a first class home! Mary will be proud to show off her books and the bookcases.
Some comments, questions, etc.
With the adjustable feet, each cabinet can support 1800 lbs. Are you sure this is enough? I think each cabinet should support at least 3,000 lbs. LOL I just had to kid you a little on that one.
Are the shelves doubled? What are the shelves made of?
Also, are the shelves notched in the back?
That extra set of adjustable center supports, front and back, on the end cabinets is totally slick. I have seen it done on the back, but not on the front as well. That will definitely increase the working load on each shelf and prevent sagging. Good idea, good design, good execution.. I am sure that some folks will think it is overbuilt, but I have always been accused of overbuilding things. Those extra supports not only support the shelves, but increase the strength and rigidity of the cabinets as well. It not only looks good, it works good. Beauty AND function. It doesn't get any better than that.
I remember some book shelves I built for my sister. The comment she made (and everyone else who knew her made as well) was that the book cases were "really solid". Implying anything else she ever had wasn't. Those things are just as solid now as the day I built them, over 20 years ago. Quality furniture is not rickety and fragile. It is durable, strong and looks good. You obviously build quality furniture.
One other comment. I saw those pictures on top of your table saw. How do you cut any wood with those pictures on the top of your saw? Has your wife been decorating your shop? <g,d&r>
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