Installed isn’t really the right word but I never like it when titles span more than one line, so I didn’t want to go with “I moved the bookcase into its final location.” If you’re not familiar with this project, it began almost two months ago. I would have finished it earlier, but two things got in the way – the weather and the weather. It has been hot and humid here for four or five weeks. That makes it hard to finish a piece of furniture. Two weeks ago, we got a break in the weather and I was able to stain and finish the case.
“Finish” in this case refers to the top protective coat applied to the wood, not the end of the project. The stain that I used is a brown oak stain that matches the Mission Writing Desk the bookcase is meant to complement. The finish, on both pieces, is Minwax Wipe-on Poly. I chose the satin variety.
Someone asked me if I considered leaving the wood unfinished. It’s a good question. I don’t always stain furniture projects, but the desk and bookcase are made from pine. Mission furniture is normally made from oak, and it’s not normally left with a light finish. Plus, pine yellows over time unless some very specific finish is used. While I agree, the natural bright pine pieces looked good in the shop, the desk would be a dull yellow by now if I hadn’t stained it over ten years ago.
The bookcase fit nicely in the space I had for it. I am happy with the way the style, color and the slate drawer front brings the two pieces together as a set. It’s well on its way to being filled. Despite the light and airy look, I think it’s strong enough to stand up to whatever I can give it. In case you’re interested, anchoring the bottom shelf is the Complete Far Side and the Complete Calvin and Hobbes.
We are back in the relentless hot and humid pattern that has defined this summer. I think the bookcase probably appreciates the air conditioning.