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Project by Kyle Hooks posted 04-23-2015 03:58 PM 2697 views 23 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this for our midwife who opened a new birth center.

She had seen something like it on ebay, but lost the bid. So she asked me to build it for her. I think she ended up with something a little better.

It’s made of stained oak and fastened to the wall with a french cleat. I think the rest speaks for itself.

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#1 posted 04-23-2015 04:15 PM

Looks great! Where does the idea/plan come from? What is the finish? Thanks for sharing!

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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#2 posted 04-23-2015 04:26 PM

If this isn’t better, then the one on ebay probably was extremely expensive. Great job.

-- Bob

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Kyle Hooks

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#3 posted 04-23-2015 04:42 PM

harum – The idea came from a screenshot of a picture on ebay of a similar piece. I built it the same way I played with Legos as a kid: look at the picture on the box and make it better. The finish is a red-mahogany stain and linseed oil.

bosum3919 – Thanks! I like to think it is. The ebay one didn’t have the drawers (one of which is sized perfectly for a box of examining gloves), light, or outlet (which also has USB ports for phone and tablet chargers).

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#4 posted 04-23-2015 05:00 PM

Good job! The fold-away light is a nice touch

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#5 posted 04-23-2015 05:01 PM

That’s an awesome idea! And wonderful fit and finish

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#6 posted 04-23-2015 05:37 PM

You did a wonderful job on this piece. I can foresee one of the magazines coping this for the weekend woodworker as a fold down hobby bench.
Just remember that mimicking is just another form of flattery.

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#7 posted 04-23-2015 10:34 PM

I don’t believe I have ever seen one that the face frame is the legs…interesting.

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#8 posted 04-24-2015 12:38 AM

This a cool design for a work center that’s used ever so often. I built one for my niece and she loved it. I enjoyed the build as well even though I couldn’t find plans anywhere for the design I wanted but it all worked out.
Good job.

-- Troy. - Measure twice, cut once and fill the gaps....

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#9 posted 04-24-2015 11:54 AM

Nice job there Kyle. That is awesome. I can see lots of places in the home this would be very useful.
Thanks for sharing with us,

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland -

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#10 posted 04-24-2015 03:21 PM

Great idea and fine workmanship. Well done.

-- --Dale Page

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#11 posted 04-24-2015 03:21 PM

Wow, I may have a need for something like this in the workshop, and for sure a want! The possibilities are endless

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#12 posted 04-24-2015 07:34 PM

That’s a nice but unusual cabinet.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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