[Castle Bookcase] Grand Finale.

Thus begins the home stretch.  Yesterday, I glued up the letters, decorated some little stars and fimished prep on the mirror and frame.


I also wrapped up touch paint and trimmed the excess paint off the base trim where it sat on a plastic tarp during painting.  In all, I spent about three hours doing fine detail work.

Today was he final day.

I started applying shellac at 9am and by 1 pm I had two solid coats on the entire bookcase (using a paint brush).  I have to say, after using the spray shellac on the medal chest, I much prefer that over brushing.  I feel I have better control over the application with the brush, but man are my arms tired.  I also had fun with runs and drips and had to sand, recoat and sponge up a few spots.

Anyway, I installed the drawbridge and hooked up the braided rope “chains” I made the other day:


And glued up the mirror and frame:


And after the final application of shellac I used the brown bag trick to buff it to a nice smooth finsih.   My daughter, and more importantly my bride, were very impresses, which means MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.


What about my 4 year old son?  What did he think?  And I quote:

“That’s awesome Daddy!  I want a rocket one I can climb in!”

Time to start designing….

I will get a picture of the bookcase in it’s new home tomorrow, after drying and airing out in the garage tonight.

But first, I have a new project I need to tackle:


Time today (and yesterday): 7 hours.

Total project time: 41 hours.


About Steven M. Vaught

A native son of Delaware, now living in Illinois, Steven is a writer, family historian, amateur astronomer, sometimes-gardener, woodworker, father to three wonderful children, husband to a wonderful wife, and caretaker of one cheeky vizsla.
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