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Barrister Bookcase (White Pine Construction)

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Project by dtblack posted 02-04-2022 01:30 PM 762 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This barrister bookcase was the first piece of finished furniture I have ever made out of solid white pine.

I came across about 1,500 board feet of virtually clear white pine at a price I couldn’t pass up, so I acquired the whole pile. There are very few knots in this wood, but there is a bit of blue stain as I am guessing the wood was stickered to dry and was never properly kiln dried.

White pine is certainly not my first choice to make fine furniture from, but I have enjoyed using it as it is so extremely tool-friendly and easy to work. After having built this bookcase, I am pleased to have this lumber in my racks and am looking forward to making more projects out of it. It is perfect stock for building prototypes too.

This project was sanded down to 220 grit and clear finished with a shop made wiping varnish of 33% mineral spirits and 66% Varethane satin polyurethane. It consists of three modular cases that sit on a separate base unit. The top is beveled and finished off with a simple pediment and the back is 1/4” birch plywood. The windows are single strength glass, and the frames feature Mission reproduction hammered brass knobs with escutcheon back plates.

This barrister bookcase replaced a commercial mass-made bookcase in my home office.





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Calmudgeon

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#1 posted 02-04-2022 01:40 PM

Nicely done. In this particular application (low wear and tear), the pine should do just fine. I’ve been contemplating a couple sets of barrister cases myself.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#2 posted 02-04-2022 01:56 PM

Very nicely done. When I was a kid, pine was the wood of choice. This is on the short list of my next build. Is there some indexing feature between the modules?

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.

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#3 posted 02-04-2022 02:50 PM

Very well done

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dtblack

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#4 posted 02-04-2022 02:51 PM

Hi TDominy – thanks for the compliment. I considered indexing the modules with brass pins, but in the end, I decided to just fasten the modules together with wood screws from underneath the top of each case into the bottom of the one above it. However, if I ever want to move the bookcase to a new home safely, I did not use any glue and the window frames are easily removed from their tracks for transport. I would just have to back out the wood screws holding the cases together to separate the three modules.

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#5 posted 02-04-2022 04:23 PM

That is super nice looking.

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#6 posted 02-04-2022 04:44 PM

Nicely done. They look great.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#7 posted 02-04-2022 06:01 PM

Sweet project…Well done…Got to take care of those books! With style…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#8 posted 02-04-2022 08:35 PM

Nicely done case, the inset panels on the side look great adding to the style. Clear pine is hard to come by a a great price. Wonderful score.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#9 posted 02-05-2022 12:36 AM

That looks neat… personally pine has a very pleasant underrated appearance… May not be as durable as some of the exotics, but no less presentable.


... it is so extremely tool-friendly and easy to work…
- dtblack

But can be dented by a mosquito fart. Just finished a cabinet, under duress of a dodgy arm so it was bounced off a few unmovables while manipulating for glue ups and sanding. Using a wet rag and a ”steam iron” to get out the dents… I never did so much ironing during the previous part of my life.

... if I ever want to move the bookcase to a new home safely, I did not use any glue and the window frames are easily removed from their tracks for transport. I would just have to back out the wood screws holding the cases together to separate the three modules.
- dtblack

Don’t know whether you own a Domino or plan to get one… this would be an ideal application for their breakdown hardware.

PS. Was that fish caught in the same lumber pile?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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swirt

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#10 posted 02-05-2022 03:48 AM

Very well done. A set of these is on my bucket list.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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