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Big cabinet for the new home #1: Rough drawing - concept

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Blog entry by Lalen posted 04-21-2018 06:07 PM 653 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So… moved into a new house a few months ago and my wife needs some more storage for her serving dishes, bowls, cake plates and so on. (She has a lot of things to set up for parties etc)

We looked at a lot of things on line, then put together a design that will fit her storage needs, and what I think I can make. This will be my biggest build project to date.

This is the rough idea. I haven’t added molding details to the drawing We will decide that as I go, but I mainly wanted to get structural dimensions, material estimates and a plan of attack. There is only one shelf drawn in, which will be fixed. It will have more that will be adjustable or removable.

The biggest cabinet I have built before was that little sideboard, so this will be a challenge. I will try to blog as I go along and would appreciate any feedback or tips!

I plan to build in components (pic below) 1. Base, 2. Cabinet bodies, 3 face frames, 4 Doors. 5. Drawers, 6. Attach crown molding last

Its huge, and though not really a built in, will be secured to the wall.

-- Lalen, Texas. "If it looks straight, it is straight" Jimmy Diresta



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Kelster58

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#1 posted 04-21-2018 07:20 PM

Looks like a nice cabinet evolving there. I hope you will share the build especially the way you make the doors…...

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#2 posted 04-21-2018 09:30 PM

Lalen, that will be one massive piece. Will you construct it so that it can be broken down once it is complete should you ever want to move? Is the intended room large enough so it doesn’t “overwhelm” the space? How do you intend to affix the shelves, sliding dovetails? I think the glass will be quite heavy for the delicate frames, I would consider using extra hinges, maybe 4 for each door and the strongest joinery the rails and stiles will accommodate. However, I know that I tend to over engineer my projects. :)

It looks like it should be a fun build and please keep us updated with your progress.

-- Art

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Lalen

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#3 posted 04-22-2018 01:28 AM

Thanks! Sure will!


Looks like a nice cabinet evolving there. I hope you will share the build especially the way you make the doors…...

- Kelster58


-- Lalen, Texas. "If it looks straight, it is straight" Jimmy Diresta

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Lalen

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#4 posted 04-22-2018 01:50 AM

Thanks for the feedback! Yes. Making it modular.

The 3 big cabinets will just be screwed together and to the base. So will just need to take the crown off and unscrew.

The doors worry me the most. Never done with glass panels. Right now I plan to have the pane dividers one and a half inches wide, maybe 2. and use a full 4/4 material with a rabbet in the back and individual panes. Will probably use 3 hinges per door.

I hadn’t considered using sliding dovetails, never done that either but sounds like a good idea for this application. I was just thinking dados.

Room is good. 11’ ceilings.


Lalen, that will be one massive piece. Will you construct it so that it can be broken down once it is complete should you ever want to move? Is the intended room large enough so it doesn t “overwhelm” the space? How do you intend to affix the shelves, sliding dovetails? I think the glass will be quite heavy for the delicate frames, I would consider using extra hinges, maybe 4 for each door and the strongest joinery the rails and stiles will accommodate. However, I know that I tend to over engineer my projects. :)

It looks like it should be a fun build and please keep us updated with your progress.

- AandCstyle


-- Lalen, Texas. "If it looks straight, it is straight" Jimmy Diresta

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Woodbutchery

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#5 posted 04-22-2018 02:11 PM

Looks like an ambitious, yet do-able, project. Hope you enjoy the build.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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