Pine Pantry

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Project by erniewood posted 2333 days ago 1483 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My neighbour contacted me to build a pantry for his wife, that would occupy the space where they had a refrigerator that was replaced by a bigger one.

I took this as the opportunity to explore the wonderful world of kitchen cabinetry, but I had to basically duplicate the design of the overall kitchen (another opportunity to purchase router bits!)

As you can see in the pictures, I almost could match the stain, but the new cabinet shows the pine grain very prominently, which I just couldn’t disguise. I knew pine has this tendency to revert the grain figures, but am still wondering how can I stain pine, so the dense wood gets stained as the softer parts…

Any ideas?

I used oil based mixed stains, and used wood condirioned on the raised panels to try to alleviate this issue, but had no luck…

The pictures show, the last one is the empty space where the new pantry was placed.

I appreciate any suggestions as to how to best stain pine to disguise the differences in grain…


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#1 posted 2333 days ago

Nice looking pantry. I think you did good job matching the color and style. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 2333 days ago

It looks really good.

I know what you mean about the grain, but I’m not aware of any way to solve that issue.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 2333 days ago

Nice work Ernie. The differences in colour are just the characteristics of the wood. i think it looks great as it is.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 2333 days ago

You did a nice job on the cabinet. The raised panels add a nice detail to the cabinets.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 2333 days ago

I think you did a great job! The wood conditioner helps but only so much!! Excellent!

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#6 posted 2333 days ago

That’s a really great job you did there!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 2333 days ago

Looks good, fits right in. Good job.

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#8 posted 2330 days ago

I did use wood conditioner, but only on the raised panels…

I think I’ll try some other things in the future, like gel stains.. or sealing the wood with some shellac…

thanks for all your encouragement and your comments!!!!


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Jim Reeves

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#9 posted 1452 days ago

I am just a beginner but l think matches perfectly great job.

-- jim

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