Rustic western wallunit with cowhide

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Project by builtinabarn posted 02-26-2009 06:04 AM 2079 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a wall unit I built for my house. Of course I followed our distressed rustic western taste of furniture. It’s built out of yellow pine ply (A1) and yellow pine solid stock. I milled all the moldings including the crown on my router table. Also the doors are rail and stile, recessed panel, also milled on the router table. To do the cowhide, I contact cemented the cowhide onto my recessed panels before the door assembly and made the panel dado into a rabbit and mounted the panels like you would a glass door (just in case the cowhide didn’t hold up, I could change it out easier, at a later date). The center section was pocket doors to hide the TV. Well then I got a bigger TV and had to get rid of those pocket doors. The bottom outside cabinets have pullouts for cd’s, dvd’s and vhs tapes. Thanks for checkin it out. Bob

-- Built in a Barn Bob

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#1 posted 02-26-2009 06:39 AM

I always wondered about contact cement and leather. Lookin good.

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#2 posted 02-26-2009 07:36 AM

Very nice looking entertainment cabinetry!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 02-26-2009 01:53 PM

Nice wall unit.

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#4 posted 02-26-2009 02:09 PM


Leather and wood.. nice combination.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 02-26-2009 05:50 PM

Now that’s interesting and imaginative!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 02-26-2009 09:10 PM

very nice work. Unique for sure.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 02-26-2009 11:16 PM

really nice looking cabinetry.

-- Andy Stark

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#8 posted 02-27-2009 01:32 AM

very nice looking job bob .

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#9 posted 02-27-2009 02:12 AM

Thanks for the compliments guys. Bob

-- Built in a Barn Bob

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#10 posted 02-27-2009 03:11 AM

Great looking ETC. That would look great in a log cabin too. You did a great job.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#11 posted 02-28-2009 10:18 AM

Sharp project Bob!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#12 posted 03-08-2009 04:10 PM

Great western style. I really like furniture that incorporates leather into the design.

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