Small Painter's Cabinet #1: Initial Post

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Blog entry by Stephen Fields posted 06-05-2008 07:23 AM 819 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have had a request to make five additional small cabinets like I made for my first commission. I thought I would try and take progress photos as I go. I am truly a beginner so if you see things that I can do to improve the process, please let me know. Sadly, you may have to explain these improvements in detail, but lets cross that bridge when we get there. :)

Here is a picture of one of the completed cabinets from the first set:
Small Cabinet

Hopefully, the next five will also look like this.

I am building these five from the scraps from the first job. I purchased almost 1500 bd ft of 4/4 Poplar and still have a bit of it left. All of the components are 1/2” thick so I am able to take the cupped, twisted, or bowed stock and mill it down to decent 1/2” stock.

Sadly, I no longer have any stock that is over 7” wide so I have to make the wide boards from multiple pieces. This is where I am at currently. As I go to bed tonight, I have jointed a flat face and one flat side. I cut three buscuit slots per board and glued the boards together. Tomorrow I will take pictures of my progress.

Please let me know what you think.

-- "Measure Twice, Cut Once" --- If only I could remember this!

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#1 posted 06-05-2008 09:32 AM

Looking good so far. A couple of these would go nicely in my house.

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#2 posted 06-05-2008 01:09 PM

Excellent job,

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#3 posted 06-05-2008 02:08 PM

This is a nice looking cabinet and it sounds a you have a good construction plan. Edge jointing boards to form a larger panel generally creates a more stable piece as opposed to using a single wide board so I think you are in good shape doing this.

It will be interesting to see some progress pictures.

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#4 posted 06-06-2008 03:36 AM

@Wayne – You’re local, want to buy a coupe of these? Just kidding. I’m sure your cabinets would look much better than mine do.

@Scott – Hopefully I will inundate you with progress photos in the future.

-- "Measure Twice, Cut Once" --- If only I could remember this!

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