Pine Pantry

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Project by erniewood posted 03-31-2008 10:31 PM 2050 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 03-31-2008 10:37 PM

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 03-31-2008 10:51 PM

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 03-31-2008 11:07 PM

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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#4 posted 03-31-2008 11:56 PM

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 04-01-2008 01:56 AM

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

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#6 posted 04-01-2008 02:00 AM

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 04-01-2008 10:33 AM

Looks good, fits right in. Good job.

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#8 posted 04-03-2008 07:14 PM

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 08-29-2010 10:58 PM

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

-- jim

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