Many moons ago(ok, only about a year ago) I picked up my first issue of Woodworing Magazine at the local bookseller, entranced by the beautiful wall cabinet that graced it’s front cover(below.) I purchased it before I had most of my tooling and knew someday I would build it.
I began studying the article, every photo, every drawing, memorizing dimensions and going through the build in my mind. I built a true to life sketchup model (see image below) based on the dimensions in the magazine so I could better understand how the whole project would come together.
Here I am, a year later, and finally beginning the build. I finally committed to building it when thinking of what to get my father for Christmas.(He’s one of those, already has one of everything types) My father collects antique furniture and case pieces primarily in Walnut from both early American and European makers. Unfortunately, I can’t afford walnut as used in the magazine, or in the furniture he collects, but from what I’ve seen available locally at a reasonable price, birch seems to have a fairly similar grain pattern. Now while I know it’s not nearly as nice as walnut, given my resources, it’s the best I can do.
In the next part, we’ll start milling our stock and prepping for the face frame joinery… Stay tuned.
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