A good friend of mine came to me a week ago and said she needed a console table to fit under her apartment window. She then whipped out the LL Bean catalog and on page 34 was the Mission style Underwindow Bookshelf and that is what she wanted. I told her I would give it a try and a few days later you see the final result in the photos.
It came out larger than the LL Bean catalog version as mine is 44" long, 28" high and 14" wide. You can see the catalog offer at this link: http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/13930?feat=504183-GN3&page=mission-under…
The center shelf is adjustable up and down about 4" and I added brass corner protectors.
I think it came out looking pretty good. Especially when you consider it cost at least $100 less than the catalog and it is not a kit.
I did use pre-conditioner but it did not relieve the blotching. I was not happy with the finish and think pre-conditioner has a lot to do with the problem.