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
Nailshooter! you would be proud, follow the link to a series of
Click older at the top for the series.
Hey Leon -
I use General Finishes "Gel Topcoat"
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
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.
On 6/29/2012 2:19 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I first use it here on this link about 6~9 months ago
And again here about 3 months ago.
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
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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