Small Cabinet #13: Don't try this at home :-)

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 03-19-2009 04:32 AM 1677 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 12: Almost home - Part 13 of Small Cabinet series Part 14: Done! »

Getting closer to done. Moved to do the final assembly in the living room. Most of you probably should not do that. My cats don’t mind – but your significant other of the two legged variety probably would squawk a bit.

Got the drawer mounted tonight and got the foot assembly on. One miter did not come out exactly as planned – will have to fix that. I am going to refinish the door parts as they came out a bit too dark compared to everything else.

So here are some shots of my progress. A bit dusty – where did I put that dusting cloth?


I don’t like the spacing between the drawer top and the top top. Just a bit too wide. Ethan Allen has no worries of competition from me!

Here’s a shot of the edging I put on.


I need to attach the top to the case – but that’s for another night. As well as drilling the holes for the wires through the back.

I think I will be quite happy to have this little job done. It will be a functional cabinet, but I’m not all that happy with it. Good intentions did not lead to happy endings. Oh well. My friend will like it regardless. She’s going to need to come pick it up as I don’t think I could manage to get it in a car on my own.

Thanks for looking.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 03-19-2009 04:42 AM


I think it looks GREAT and your friend will love it!! You are too hard on yourself!

At least you didn’t have to cut the drawer out and put the top back on. This started out with a drawer but I didn’t like it:


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 03-19-2009 04:43 AM

Ethan Allen ain,t that great Betsy! We are our own strongest critics i guess, but it looks good from here. Did you know Ethan Allen has a factory here in Cebu.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#3 posted 03-19-2009 04:48 AM

I didn’t know he had a factory there. I have to admit I am much better following a detailed plan that someone else draw. When I have to do the designing it’s always a dodgy business. If nothing else I do know the cabinet will at least be functional. So that’s a good thing.

thanks for following along.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#4 posted 03-19-2009 04:49 AM

The cabinet looks fine to me. I hear ya on where to put things to assembly. I built a hobby table in the basement last week, and struggled mightily to get it up the stairs and out the basement door. (90 degree angle) I should have brought the pieces upstairs and assembled it on site.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#5 posted 03-19-2009 05:41 AM

Fine job, Betsy.

While it’s true that in the first picture looks like the space on top of the drawer is a little too on the wide side, I think that you have to take in account the shadow line created by the top. After all, you’re never going to lie flat on the floor when looking at it. Notice that in the second picture the aforementioned shadow line makes it look just about right.

Don’t punish yourself with such small things. That is a proof of how very deeply passionate a woodworker you are. Splitting hairs over things nobody but the builder can see. Back off a couple of paces and look at your projects with fresh eyes and you will see that they are beautiful.

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#6 posted 03-19-2009 06:50 AM

For someone recuperating from a accident who is slowly on the mend, I think it looks great. In fact it looks great for anyone of any condition. I agree wholeheartedly with Jojo.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#7 posted 03-19-2009 07:45 AM


Your cabinet looks terrific. I can’t wait to see the final post in projects.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 03-19-2009 02:26 PM

Putting a complimentary piece of trim under the top could ease the distance and enhance the project.
I don’t think the extra weight would hinder your friend’s ability to lift it.
Still looks nice.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#9 posted 03-19-2009 02:47 PM

Thanks for the support and encouragement guys.

Jojo – I went back and looked at that second picture – you’re right about the shadow line.

Lee – I actually woke up this morning thinking about trim. I’m going to play with that a bit and see what I can come up with. I may leave it as it, but it’s worth some time to play with.

Thanks again everyone.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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