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Building a Shaker Pine Bookcase

Building a Shaker Pine Bookcase

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This pine bookshelf was built extra deep to hold the electronic equipment for an entertainment center. Using biscuits, I glued the side panels to get a 19” deep cabinet. I also used biscuits to attach the face frame so there were no visible nail holes.  The biscuits helped line up the face frame to the sides of the bookshelf.

The customer had other pine furniture with an 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 the top to match their furniture style.

The shelves are adjustable, so I drilled 192 holes for the pins. To make quick work of this and to ensure both sides lined up perfectly, I used the drill press and drilled holes 1” apart and 7/16” wide. I then used a 7/16” guide bushing on my router to follow each hole and route out the holes on both sides, front and back of the cabinet. Once I had the template, it made using the router a fast and easy way of creating the holes, much faster than a hand drill and cut a much cleaner hole with minimal tear out of the wood.

Completed Bookcase. I delivered this project unfinished as the customer is the marketing manager of a local paint store, and he wanted to finish it himself.

I’m the owner of Benham Design Concepts, a mixed media art studio where I design and build custom furniture and other works of art using wood, glass, stone, and various metals.
In this blog, I talk about the art I create, my journey, and the things I learn along the way.