My first woodworking project was a plywood cabinet for the nook next to the fireplace in our first house. That was in about 1986. It was simple construction – held together with screws and L brackets. I can’t remember if I had a plan or not. I do know that the size was based on the space I was filling. That cabinet is still in use, although it now lives in our garage and holds gardening supplies.
My second woodworking project was shelves for the office/library in the same house. The plan came from a Time/Life book. In this design a frame is built of 1X2s around a shelf bracket strip. At the top and bottom a bracket is constructed perpendicular to the shelf bracket which attaches to the wall. We no longer have those shelves, since they were sized for that house. I did build a set for my parents – I’ll try to get a picture the next time I’m there.
My third woodworking project which I made in about 1988 was a cabinet for our kitchen which has been moved twice and is still an integral part of our kitchen. It also is based on a design from a Time-Life book. It is not a great example of woodworking skill, but it has held together. It’s made with big box lumber and plywood. The frame and panel look doors are plywood with strapping.
All the pieces were cut before assembly, so the pieces don’t fit as cleanly as I’d like.
Here’s the outside:
Notice that the doors are not square in the openings and the bottom rail sits below the angle cuts in the stiles. The closure mechanism, a deviation from the plan, was cut with a jigsaw and I guessed on the size. I’ve always meant to replace it with a smaller one but never got around to it.
And the inside:
It’s not fancy but it did help to feed the addiction. And my skills have definitely improved since then!
-- Chelle http://artsgranddaughter.blogspot.com