Kitchen bookshelf

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Project by TelescopeMaker posted 05-13-2010 01:09 AM 1433 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a kitchen bookshelf that I just completed. It’s shallow and custom fits the space in our kitchen. It handles all the wife’s cookbooks and below is a hinged out basket to store onions or potatoes (or dog food, but we don’t have a dog anymore). It has raised panels. I made it all with my Ryobi BT3000 saw and a coping saw and an cheap old Vermont American drill press made for my electric drill. I used dowel joinery to put the face onto the sides. The face is mortice and tenon. I cut the mortices with chisels.

The wood is Southern Yellow Pine, and I love the grain, especially the knot on the first shelf with the rays coming out of it. The finish is a “honey” stain over unprotected wood that has been in the kitchen for a couple of years aging on it’s own. My wife Susan and me just finished it up with 3 coats of lacquer and a pretty porcelain knob from HD.

I had a lot of fun with this, and I can’t wait to do another one. Ok, so I am bragging, but it is beautiful.

-- Telescope Maker, Woodworker, Brewer, Gizmologist, Gardner, Lawn Mower

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#1 posted 05-13-2010 01:30 AM

Very nice!! I will a lot of use.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#2 posted 05-13-2010 02:06 AM

Nice job and what an awesome color – wow!

Did you have to mill any of the lumber or did you just buy it off the shelf?

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#3 posted 05-14-2010 01:40 AM

It was all off the shelf. But I did do some hand planing to get the panels joined and smoothed. I also did some hand cut dovetails in the bottom of the bin. They aren’t great, but they are my first attempt, and I really liked doing it. There will definately be more of those in the future

-- Telescope Maker, Woodworker, Brewer, Gizmologist, Gardner, Lawn Mower

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#4 posted 08-03-2010 05:10 AM

I love the yellow pine. I think I need to make something from that. I just finished a little projet with white pine, wish I’d gotten the yellow. sigh. How did you do the bin? Is is basically a square? How does it swing out and what stops it from coming all the way out?

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#5 posted 08-03-2010 05:12 AM

Nice looking bookshelf.

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#6 posted 08-03-2010 05:14 AM

Thanks!. Nothing keeps it from coming out all the way… yet. There is supposed to be a little latch in the back that bumps up against the back of the rail on the bottom shelf. I keep forgetting to put it in though ;(

-- Telescope Maker, Woodworker, Brewer, Gizmologist, Gardner, Lawn Mower

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