A Reader’s Project: Church Library

“Wow, wow and wow,” is all I had to say after I saw this job from Donnie Cherry, member Woodchuck21 at the Woodworker’s Website Association.  I’ll let Donnie describe how he made this gorgeous set of built-ins

Library built in, pic 1

The wood is poplar and a chestnut stain by Sherwin Williams called Sherwood.  I finished the pieces with a waterborne lacquer finish. I was a little skeptical of staining it at first, but I have to say that the poplar stained very well.  The stain evened out all of the different colors in the wood very nicely.

I used 1/4″ poplar plywood for all the backs, and all doors and drawers have finger pulls. The corner cabinets have shelves in them too, but, I forgot to load them on the trailer that day…

Library built in, pic 2

From Sketchup to the finish room, it took about 5 weeks of shop time. Installation took about 10 hours with two helpers and myself.

Donnie, my hat’s off to you. The work is tight and the stain really turned that inexpensive poplar into very rich looking wood. I especially like how you worked the library cabinets around the stained glass window.  Masterful!

Library built in, pic 3

If you have a project that you’d like to see featured on my blog, send me an e-mail at tom@tomsworkbench.com, and I’ll be sure to list it!

One thought on “A Reader’s Project: Church Library”

  1. I am in awe, not only by the beauty of your design and work, but that you could produce such art from POPLAR. Kudos.

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