Essential oils cabinet

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Project by Mdciolli posted 03-10-2015 05:32 PM 1268 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this project as a Valentine’s day gift. I was a tad late. BUT I had it finished enough to present it, so she was able to see it at least. The finishing portion took a long time because it got incredibly cold here and I was afraid the finish wouldn’t come out right.

This is my first project using solid woods and my first attempt at dovetail corner posts. I love the way it looks! I was weary of using red oak and walnut together but I think it turned out perfect. It has just enough contrast that it’s not calling attention away from the function, and I get the great grain from the red oak to make the bulk of it more visually interesting.

This was also my first project that I didn’t paint. The oil & urethane worked so easily!

As mentioned, the case and shelfs are red oak. The back panel, corner posts, and shelf trim are walnut. Each shelf sits in an oversized dado to allow the shelf to be pulled out to allow day access to the bottles in the back. The bottom space is for essential oils books and the top is for her larger bottles. I had to recess them in because they didn’t fit :-/.

It’s sized to fit underneath the upper cabinets in her kitchen and the shelves were spaced to accommodate the most bottles. The book space was whatever was left over.

Great learning project all around and I love the way it came out!

Thanks for checking it out!

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#1 posted 03-10-2015 05:34 PM

This was posted from my phone and I don’t see a way to get the pictures to rotate. Sorry about that. First project posted.

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#2 posted 03-10-2015 05:58 PM

Really nice. I haven’t seen that corner post dovetail design before. It’s a great effect.

-- Daniel, Durham, NC

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#3 posted 03-10-2015 08:09 PM

Really nice attention to detail. I am sure the people around you are showering you with compliments, well done from me.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#4 posted 03-10-2015 10:12 PM

I love it! The walnut corner post are a great idea.

-- 1st Cor. 15:1-4

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#5 posted 03-11-2015 12:12 AM

looks great! what are the outside dimensions of this?

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#6 posted 03-11-2015 12:22 AM

12.5” across, 18” tall, 6” deep

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#7 posted 03-11-2015 12:22 AM

Thanks for all the compliments everyone!

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#8 posted 03-11-2015 02:27 AM

Thanks! the wife thinks she needs one for her oils

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#9 posted 03-11-2015 03:25 PM

That looks awesome! Something you both can look at and appreciate for years to come. I like the grain pattern and the contrast between the woods. Well done!

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