These beautiful solid cherry built-in bookcases were made from wood harvested from the client’s property, and then air dried for about a dozen years waiting for just the right moment. Measuring 94″ tall and covering about 17 linear feet of wall, they reflect the remainder of the house; classic design and with great attention to detail.
To allow items to be placed on the top, the crown moulding was made of several pieces in the traditional way, providing a continuous top. The space formed between the cabinets along the adjacent walls was covered with another panel, lest items fall into it and remain lost forever.
To keep the vertical face stiles as narrow as possible, and thereby creating a lighter feel, they are only just large enough to hide the gap formed between the carcass sides and the adjustable shelves. This meant that the cabinets had to be assembled in place, with the dividing panels supporting shelving on both sides.
To allow for seasonal expansion and contraction, each of the solid cherry ship-lapped boards forming the cabinet backs are separated with a 3mm gap. The size of this gap will increase in the winter and decrease in the summer a humidity fluctuates. All boards therefore received a coat of finish before assembly to ensure that unfinished wood never appears.