Victorian Open Bookcase Construction
The pictures below show a Victorian open bookcase before it has had its final sanding and before the colour stain is applied. Note the very light pink colour of mahogany in its natural state.
The sides of the bookcase have two panels so the side view is also very appealing.
As well as the sides the back is panelled into eight sections. See picture below. This reduces the possibility of any undesirable wood movement and at the same time is very attractive. Note also in the picture of the back panel the edges are darker -this is the pre staining so that if the panel does its job and shrinks there is no ‘white’ line visible.
Top section of Victorian bookcase showing the carved corbels, turret pattern and adjustable shelves.
The finished bookcase in raw mahogany is then stained to the normal traditional mahogany colours or a painted colour as requested by the customer.
The final product hand finished and waxed in a traditional mahogany colour.