|Project by GFresh||posted 02-15-2015 02:43 PM||2883 views||3 times favorited||10 comments|
For Christmas a friend wanted an heirloom gun cabinet built for his teenage son as a surprise. The teenagers grandfather had an old building on their property, which was a hodgepodge of lumber… but the bulk was wormy chestnut. The teenager took the building down and removed the nails from the lumber in belief that I was building a hutch for his grandmother. All the boards were rough cut, and unfortunately for my planer, a lot of the boards were painted… but it really helped preserve the wood.
The back, floor, and tops were 2.5 inch strips glued together in panels, then cut to resemble wainscoting. The sides and doors were raised panels… and the detail around the top was supposed to be crown molding, but they ran out of usable material so I had to improvise. All the joinery was dado and glue, with a few nails when needed (they blended right in.) The design was not my own, it was a modified version of a gun cabinet owned by the grandfather. The mother had a few stipulations to the build, full front doors… no glass, and no stain… just a poly finish. They added felt after they gave him the cabinet.
Overall, I believe it was a success, and a pretty fun build after the planing was completed. The project has a great story, the parents and grandparents were very pleased, and the teenager was beside himself. I had a lot more pictures of the build, but from these you can get the gist. Hope you enjoy.