Saw a mid-sized cabinet at a local auction last month, and wanted it. Not because I knew exactly what I’d do with it (isn’t that the way it often is??) but because of it’s age and the way it was constructed. In case bidding didn’t go according to plan, I took a some pictures just to capture the essence of it.
There were a couple of yellow pine battens nailed to the back so it could be nailed to the wall (in the barn?):
Doors looked good, even with baby-turd-brown paint:
But the inside, with some fancy scrollwork edging tall partitions, showed an eye for detail.
The top definitely says it was a one-and-done: hand-cut (kinda ratty) half-blind dovetails:
The cabinet has a bunch of pigeon / cubby holes inside with labels alongside that are legal terms. Including words like Summons, Probation and even Execution. Plus the name of a local newspaper that hasn’t been published since 1893. So the puppy is old! I cleaned it up, removed broken moulding and glued / re-applied it, and otherwise gave it the once-over. The doors and carcase are walnut, with dadoed shelves and pigeon hole cubbies. Decided to follow Dennis’ advise and hang it left of the window, near my workbench, to store hand tools.
Here it is from further back. I love it! A good $20 investment for sure.
UPDATE, Oct 2016: This cabinet served as the Inspiration Piece for my Not-Wall-Hung tool cabinet build and the two sit side by side. The NWH looks awesome, and the turd brown Inspiration Piece didn’t look so go in comparison. So I applied chemical stripper this weekend and got the cabinet all cleaned up.
Mess being made:
Final result is some nice looking walnut!
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