I am working on a bunch of little projects/commissions right now, and not very much of it is very interesting, so there really is not much to post about. Since I know I will not be working on my own personal stuff for the next little while(with the exception of the string inlay box, as I have an idea for the lid),I figured I would post a blog about the first spice cabinet that I made.
I made this from 3/4 prelam pine over 4 years ago. At the time I only just getting into have tools, and I was really, really into hand cut dovetails. I had not yet moved into nice woods like cherry and walnut as I did not want to spend the money on the wood just to mess everything up. I also was not very confident with my skills, but I knew that I needed to start challenging myself. I picked a Glen Huey article in a Popwood mag and away I went.
Once I had read the article several dozen times, I got started. I knew I could do it, but it was going to be a challenge for sure. Not only that, but for some silly reason I got it in my head to put at least 10 hidden compartments in it.
1. False bottom in middle drawer
2-6. sliding drawer blades to reveal false backs
7. Sliding drawer out the back of the bottom drawer
8-10 Sliding DT key to slide down the back, 2 drawers and a document space inside the moulding.
Of course it all depends on how you count, but to me there are 10.
Some notes on this spice cabinet.
-This is the second door, the first one had a solid panel that was really boring, I also messed up the rails and stiles. So I made the current one and bought a really nice piece of glass.
-I have not used pine for a serious project since then, I have moved on. Once complete I was way more confident and was ok with buying nicer woods.
-My finish is aniline dye and shellac, but I was not very careful with it, as this was I think the 2nd time I have ever used aniline and shellac, so again a really big learning experience.
-My wife immediately started filling it with stuff, and it has been in either our kitchen or living room since I made it.
At the time I was blown away with it, I was so happy with it and I still am. However… one of the reasons I made this…
...was to show myself where I was then, and where I am now. But alas… ol’pine has something the new one does not… crazy awesome hidden compartments!!!!
Thanks for reading.