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Finishing out a project has many, many small steps and they are all critical to the final outcome. In this episode, Paul concludes by adding the extra diagonal bracing and stops to add even more stability to an already superbly strong project. Paul finished the bookshelves with three topcoats over a sanding coat, so four coats in all. Seeing how the coats fill out to a good and protective finish is always rewarding. The colour of cherry, which is all-natural with no stain, pigment, or dye, was a great way to close the series, but Paul wanted to include anchoring it to the wall securely because little ones can use the shelves like a ladder.

16 Comments

  1. Paul Rowell on 25 August 2021 at 2:36 pm

    Not sure where to put this comment but lately I get a popup message asking whether I want to leave this site whenever I click on a link to a video…

  2. mplourde on 25 August 2021 at 3:21 pm

    Paul, A beautiful bookcase and another terrific learning project for me! I just want to ask what kind of bristle brush you recommend using when finishing with Shellac like you did on this project.

    Thanks again,

    Maurice

  3. Jacques on 25 August 2021 at 3:56 pm

    We had to wait for this last episode to learn that this library could possibly serve as a ladder for children. Now I understand the generous dimensions of the shelves. Paul still has safety instructions that I hadn’t thought of. While we are talking about ladders, could this be the subject of a future project ?

  4. Ingo Chao on 25 August 2021 at 4:45 pm

    Thank you. A beautiful project.

  5. Steve Mees on 25 August 2021 at 5:02 pm

    Me too!

  6. Jacques on 25 August 2021 at 5:53 pm

    We had to wait for this last episode to learn that this book-case could possibly serve as a ladder for children. Now I understand the generous dimensions of the shelves. Paul always has safety instructions that I hadn’t thought of. While we are talking about ladders, could this be the subject of a future project ?

  7. rafi on 25 August 2021 at 6:59 pm

    Already done, @Jacques. Search the videos for Stepladder from 2017.

  8. dunnison on 25 August 2021 at 7:25 pm

    Thanks Paul,

    (One of) your best explanations of and insights to using Shellac.

    Really helpful little techniques – unusable or unrecommendable for some other finishes – that can make all the difference. Really underscores how repairable, and ultimately how simple and widely usable, it is. Love how you use it to find glue squeeze out, remove it while the shellac is still wet, and move on.*

    Can’t do that with poiy!

    One of the biggest fears is ‘alcohol’ on shellac. Yet, alcohol is your friend. Just use it to remove the shellac if you have to, and start over again.

    *At least one famous and highly reputable furniture company colors their glue to catch squeeze out. Isn’t this simpler, and better?

  9. Jacques on 25 August 2021 at 7:30 pm

    Thx Rafi. Shame on me 😔

  10. David Chislett on 25 August 2021 at 8:22 pm

    Thanks Paul, a great project.

  11. William Dickinson on 25 August 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Paul likes country music!! Never would have thought that!

  12. Larry Geib on 26 August 2021 at 7:08 am

    You ever been to Texas?

    Out of 10 stations, 11 play country music.

  13. Barry Wright on 29 August 2021 at 11:42 am

    I have same problem as Paul Rowell. I have to cancel the pop up message and select the episode again and it loads then. I am using an iMac.

  14. Ed on 6 September 2021 at 2:02 am

    …the 11th station just broadcasts news.

  15. Kamaljit Singh on 12 June 2022 at 11:25 am

    Hi Paul, What are you adding to shellac to thin it out? Sorry I could not get the name completely you are mentioning @ 20.36

    • YrHenSaer on 12 June 2022 at 11:35 am

      What he says (and uses) is, “Meths”, an abbreviation of the term ‘Methylated Spirits’.

      In some parts it’s also called ‘De-natured Alcohol’ – same stuff – though in the UK it is coloured with a purple dye to stop idiots drinking it.

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