Built-in Birch China Cabinet

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Project by Halc posted 12-24-2014 05:38 PM 1451 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built of solid birch and birch ply to replace a very old, barely functioning cabinet (see last photo). Finished with 1 lb. cut of shellac to seal, GF American Oak Gel and GF Arm R Seal. Drawers have machine cut dovetails, doors have loose tenons at corners because I was concerned about the weight of the antique glass that I installed. The cabinet is tall and wide, but not too deep because of the existing space in the wall. I built it for my daughter’s 100+ year old house and we wanted a rustic look for the finished product.

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#1 posted 12-24-2014 05:55 PM

This looks great Halc very nice work.

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#2 posted 12-24-2014 06:08 PM

Well done Halc. Nice job on the dovetails. That’s another thing I gotta practice.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 12-24-2014 08:20 PM

Very nice cabinet Hal. I really like the dovetailed drawers and divided pane doors.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#4 posted 12-24-2014 10:09 PM

Beautiful joinery and the finished product – Wow!!!

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#5 posted 12-24-2014 10:29 PM

Thanks for the comments, they are much appreciated.

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#6 posted 12-25-2014 02:44 AM

Very impressive, I like. Nice work on the cabinet, I agree with the loose tenons in the doors for strength, smart move. I’m sure your daughter is very pleased.
PS: Can’t do any better than Arm R Seal, great stuff

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#7 posted 12-25-2014 02:38 PM

Very nice addition to the house – well done!

-- Greg Simon

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