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Project by douglbe posted 11-06-2008 06:02 AM 2051 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of display cases for my wife. Red oak (rough sawn lumber that I found in an add and I ended up paying roughly $.50 a board foot) with tung oil finish. I used my new Porter-Cable biscuit jointer and this is the first time I have used biscuits when gluing boards together, the joints were flush and no major scraping or sanding to level things out, that was great. My skills must be improving, when I glued up and clamped the carcasses they both were dead on square and all measurements were equal top to bottom and side to side and equal between the two of them. Now, the inset doors were a different story, I used non-mortise hinges and my reveal did not come out even all the way around. The doors are square, but I had to take a little off one side to help out the reveal. I bought the hinges at Menards and the screw heads were to big and did not lay flush in the countersink. I ended up enlarging the countersink holes. In the end I managed to make everything work.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#1 posted 11-06-2008 06:39 AM

Nice find on the wood and nice cabinets as a result.

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#2 posted 11-06-2008 07:44 AM

That’s my kind of deal. Those display cases look great! How big are they?

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#3 posted 11-06-2008 10:28 AM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#4 posted 11-06-2008 02:00 PM

Very nice work Doug , they look beautiful !!

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#5 posted 11-06-2008 02:18 PM

they both look very nice.
great work.
your wife must be quite pleased!

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#6 posted 11-06-2008 03:31 PM

Nice looking display cabinets. Thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 11-06-2008 03:36 PM

Very nice finish.

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#8 posted 11-06-2008 03:49 PM

Great job! Inset doors and drawers are a bear!

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#9 posted 11-06-2008 05:11 PM

lightweightladyleftie, they are 36X22X6.

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#10 posted 11-06-2008 05:53 PM

Nice looking cabinets. I too recently adopted a biscuit joiner. Looking forward to my next cabinet project.

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#11 posted 11-06-2008 06:25 PM

Beautiful cabinets, well made and nicely put together.

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#12 posted 11-06-2008 07:27 PM

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

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#13 posted 11-06-2008 07:48 PM

.50/bf. Your making it hard for a small sawmiller to afford beans! (I think I’m going to have to find a new hobby. lol)

You really have a good piece there. The wood looks very good. The contrasting flat and q-sawn on the back are good examples of both. I almost looks like you used two bookmatched sets split between the two cases. And I see no defects in the wood itself. (Were you holding a gun to the seller? lol)

Congrats on the jointery. I understand the difficulties on the reveal. I think that’s why a woodworker I’ve worked with many times in the past was fond of saying “That’s why they make trim.”

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#14 posted 11-06-2008 08:42 PM

very nice work a real American piece of furniture well done.Alistair

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#15 posted 09-29-2009 01:17 AM

Beautiful cabinet.

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