Building a Shaker Pine Bookcase
This pine bookshelf was built extra deep to hold the electronic equipment for an entertainment center. I glued up the side panels using biscuits to get a 19” deep cabinet. I also used the biscuits to attach the face frame so there are no visible nail holes, and the biscuits helped line up the face frame to the sides of the bookshelf.
The customer had other pine furniture with and arch on top. To match the existing furniture I traced the arch from one of his other pieces and used it to custom cut the arch at top to match their furniture style.
Shelves are adjustable so I drilled 192 holes for the pins. To accomplish this I built a jig on the drill press, drilling holes 1” apart and 7/16” wide. I then used a 7/16” guide bushing on my router to follow each hole and rout out the holes on both sides, front and back of the cabinet. Once I have the template made using a router is much faster than a drilling and cuts a much cleaner hole with minimal tear out of the wood.
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