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Project by Manitario posted 08-10-2014 04:25 PM 797 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a particularly troublesome attempt at updating an old, particle board cabinet that was in my bathroom. I decided to use hickory; my parents have hickory kitchen cabinets that look great; I’d never used hickory before and had no concept of just how hard of a hardwood it is. The wood was difficult to plane/saw/chisel/sand and tore and chipped like crazy. I’m not going to be too quick to use hickory again!

I painstakingly laid out the carcass for assembly after cutting the dovetails and the stopped dados for the shelves; the open shelves on the left were meant to have the bigger shelf at the bottom and the smaller at the top, however after I did the glue-up I realized that I somehow got one of the pieces backwards…the option was to completely start over or live with an unintentional design change. If I’d have had to started over I’d have probably put the project in a corner and not ever finished it so I decided to live with the somewhat awkward looking design change.

The door was meant to have a nice beveled glass mirror, however this proved nearly impossible to find in the dimensions I needed it, nor would any of the custom mirror companies online ship to Canada. So, I bought a cheap mirror from the BORG that roughly had the correct dimensions, tore off its particle board frame and used it instead. Had to make a frame for it because the mirrors edges were rough. Again, not the design change of choice but of necessity.

Finished with 4 coats of Minwax “tung oil” and 5 coats of wipe on poly.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil





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Gshepherd

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#1 posted 08-10-2014 06:52 PM

Looks great, I know you had a few bumps in the road but you adjusted very well. I myself would have put a back on it.

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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Manitario

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#2 posted 08-10-2014 07:47 PM

Thanks, yeah I debated about putting a back on it and probably would have but my local wood supplier didn’t have any hickory ply and I procrastinated making solid wood back, eventually decided that I’d make it look more modern and have the tile show through.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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Albe

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#3 posted 08-11-2014 02:41 AM

Very nicely done I was considering using hickory may change my mind now. I had similar issues with walnut.

-- Pain is temporary, quitting last forever.

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johnhutchinson

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#4 posted 08-11-2014 01:08 PM

Don’t beat yourself up, it looks great !!! Michelangelo wanted to give the Mona Lisa a frown, but he painted it upside down … little-known fact.

PS—Nice semicolon !!! First one I’ve seen on LumberJocks.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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Manitario

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#5 posted 08-11-2014 02:16 PM

Thanks John; I had two goals for this project, cut the dovetails by hand, and introduce the LJ world to the semicolon!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#6 posted 08-11-2014 02:49 PM

Thanks a bunch, Manitario. I just laughed so hard that I hurt myself. :(

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#7 posted 08-11-2014 05:54 PM

Great cabinet … I made a catch-all box out of hickory, and it continues to darken with rich streaks; love that tough wood.
Lets see now, the rule is if you can’t decide whether to use a comma or a period, you use the semicolon ‘cause it’s got both … Right??

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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johnhutchinson

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#8 posted 08-11-2014 10:11 PM

I think we should start a spelling, grammar and punctuation forum on LumberJocks. I’m sure that would go over REAL big. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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Grumpymike

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#9 posted 08-11-2014 10:30 PM

Ya mean we would be putting drawers in our cabinets and not draws?? Oh my!! :)

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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johnhutchinson

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#10 posted 08-12-2014 01:04 AM

I’m sorry I started this (no I’m not), but I’ve been slapped around by English-major editors for the past fifteen years, and some of the stuff I read on LumberJocks makes me cringe.

Some of these guys must be running a Spell-Mess add-on that I’m not familiar with … uh … with which I’m not familiar.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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johnhutchinson

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#11 posted 08-12-2014 01:09 AM

Wait a minute. Surprise, AZ ? Does that mean that the Wood Whisperer is your neighbor ?

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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Manitario

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#12 posted 08-12-2014 01:16 AM

lol, I try not to be an English spelling and grammar snob but some of the stuff I see here is embarrassingly bad. If I don’t know how to spell a word (usually demonstrated by the giant red line that magically appears underneath anything I type) I try and look it up rather than appear as ignorant as I really am.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#13 posted 08-12-2014 01:27 AM

FUUUUH-knee. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#14 posted 08-13-2014 03:18 AM

It looks good. Very nice piece.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#15 posted 08-13-2014 05:33 PM

John,
I think he is in Tuscon, about three hours south. I’m 30 miles northwest of phoenix … I wish Mark was closer, I would visit his shop … daily.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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