Pecky Cypress Goodness

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I needed some storage space for tools and such that I don’t use that often. So I decided to build some cabinets. I’m a poor bastard so I salvaged some plywood, drawers, and slides from some old cabinets that were demo’d, and thrown in a trash pile on a job I worked on.

Brought it home.

So I built the carcass out of scrap.

Milled some cypress for the face frame. I used a kreg pocket hole jig to join the frame. Then unfortunately I had to nail it to the carcass, then used glue and fine cypress dust to fill the holes.

I had some pecky cypress I really wanted to use and figured it would make some sweet drawer fronts. I used a small wire brush, a 1/4” chisel, and some compressed air to clean out the rot and get it lookin like good.

Drawer fronts cut, edge routed, and ready to go.

Drawer fronts installed. Yeeah.

I milled the rails and stiles for the doors out of cyprees also, but for the panel I just used some scrap hardwood ply I had laying around. Looked ok to me and it’s for the shop so I gave it a pass.

I used some hinges, don’t know what they’re kind (euro?), for my mantel project and I liked how they closed the door after a certain angle. I couldn’t drill a recess in the doors because I didn’t leave enough to overlap the face frame 1/2” to 3/4” on both sides of the door. So I went with a similar hinge that could adjust how I needed it to without drilling the door.

I made pulls out of oak. For the drawers I squared up a piece of stock and cut it into a c-shape on the bandsaw. Then just rounded over the edges on the router table, knocked the edges of on the belt sander and voila! Easy, sturdy, purdy, simple drawer pulls. Maybe not purdy but I’ll never say my baby is ugly.

I used more oak for the pulls on the door. Just a basic square with a back bevel to give a little room for my fingers. Predrilled the oak so it wouldn’t split.

The old plywood top wasn’t in the greatest shape so I cut apiece of 1/4” leftover from a project to put over it. Good thing I accidentally bought an extra bottle of titebond 2 recently because 1/2 of that bottle came in handy. Along with a bunch of heavy items I have floating around that il probably never use or get rid of but make make great weights.

For the edge banding I cut another piece of cypress 1-1/4”x1/2” or so, and routed a profile into it just because.

I may put on a coat or 2 of brushing gloss laquer just because I have a gallon of the stuff, and will never use it all. And i don’t want it turning grey for a while so eventually I’ll get around to it. Plus laquer over cypress looks awesome to me. Especially on and around knots.

So this are my new shop cabinets. If I had to do it over I would have made it frameless so it would accumulate less dust, take some close up pics, but all in all, I like how it came out and I have more storage instead of just stuff I may use every now and again on the ground. And I got some sweet shop time. Yeah bro.

Then duty calls. For the next 17 years or until I can kick her out.

Thanks for lookin.

-- "We build our workshops. Then we enjoy the fruits of our labor by laboring for more fruits." - Me

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#1 posted 42 days ago

Really nice work man. I have access to quite a bit of pecky cypress but I haven’t been able to figure out what to actually do with it. Every idea I get, while it might look cool, isn’t practical because of the holes themselves.

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#2 posted 42 days ago

Thanks man, about pecky that is true. Drawers fronts are all I’ve come up with so far, but I don’t have a whole lot of pecky so I guess it worked out. I might laminate the little bit I have left and carve something out of it. I saw Greg the Cajun box builders pics of some duck decoys carved from pecky that looked sweet. So ducks are out the window but I’ll figure something out eventually.

-- "We build our workshops. Then we enjoy the fruits of our labor by laboring for more fruits." - Me

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Mark Shymanski

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#3 posted 42 days ago

The last picture is the best! My little girl was crawling around like that just ‘yesterday’ and she’ll be in grade 6 this fall! Where did all those days go?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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DeLayne Peck

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#4 posted 42 days ago

I really like this, but than I like anything that’s Pecky!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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#5 posted 42 days ago

Thanks y’all, yeah it’s been a year since I pulled baby girl from my wife’s loins and almost dropped her. She was a slippery one. The time has flown. Something new everyday.

-- "We build our workshops. Then we enjoy the fruits of our labor by laboring for more fruits." - Me

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#6 posted 42 days ago

Excellent save of material. The Pecky is nice.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 42 days ago

Nice job on the cabinet fridge.

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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#8 posted 42 days ago

Thank you Freddy.

I’m serious about pulling baby girl out. Doctor said pull so I pulled. Makes for a good story, though it was a lot more graphic than that but I’ll spare the details.

-- "We build our workshops. Then we enjoy the fruits of our labor by laboring for more fruits." - Me

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#9 posted 42 days ago

Great use of salvaged material and a good looking final result.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#10 posted 42 days ago

love the drawer fronts! I would never have even thought of using that wood.


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#11 posted 42 days ago

I love those drawer fronts also. Very creative.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 42 days ago

Great salvage and build.

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#13 posted 42 days ago

New shop furniture. Yea!!!

Wonderful build and a wonderful little girl.
My little girl is 32 now with two kids of her own. Time flies, enjoy each step – I sure did.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 42 days ago

nice build Fridge , pecky cypress looks great too

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#15 posted 42 days ago

A man after my own heart.
Use what you have and appreciate the outcome.
Great job brother.

-- Having fun...Eric

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