Pine bookcase with shaker styling and pumpkin pine finish

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Project by Scott posted 05-27-2013 07:13 PM 2463 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this with the cheapest dimensional pine lumber from the big box store. It is styled like an antique Shaker cupboard that I like. The shelves are set in grooves for support just like the cupboard did it. The back is ship lapped 1/2 inch boards. The finish is my version of a pumpkin pine finish which is what pine looks like after it has aged a long time. It is four coats of amber shellac mixed with several oil stains with 600 grit sanding after each coat, and the final coat is polyurethane with 0000 steel wool afterwards.

It is 32×53 1/2×9 1/2. The bottom two shelves have 12 inches clearance for books, and the top two have 10 1/2 inches clearance.

Here is a photo of the antique 1850 Shaker cupboard on Fine Woodworking:

-- Scott in North Carolina

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#1 posted 05-27-2013 10:08 PM

Making anything look this good with that low-grade big box store pine is a major accomplishment!

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

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#2 posted 05-27-2013 10:08 PM

great shelf,love the finish.nice job all around.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 05-28-2013 02:26 AM

Nice bookcase. I especially like the finish.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 05-28-2013 10:32 AM

Wonderful work, finish looks terrific.

-- Pete in NC

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#5 posted 05-28-2013 12:26 PM

Nice work; it looks great.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 05-28-2013 12:32 PM

Well done!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#7 posted 05-31-2013 03:03 PM

Good looking bookcase! Like the design and the finish. I’m sure that it will last long, looks strong and well made.

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