Just in Time for Mother's Day

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Project by Timzwoodz posted 05-23-2015 07:05 PM 844 views 4 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

My wife bought a 12-place cutlery set while in Germany many years ago, but it has always been kept in the original boxes. I thought it was time they came out to play (uh, be used).

Rather than making new silverware retainers, I made the drawers to fit the original cutlery inserts (see 3rd picture)

To get equal spacing on the drawer fronts, I installed the bottom drawer front 1/2” from the bottom of the carcass (using a stick of that thickness as a ledger board), then clamped and screwed the drawer front from inside the drawer.

I used 4 playing cards as spacers to register the location of the remaining drawer fronts. I pulled out the next drawer, positioned the drawer front evenly side to side with the drawer front beneath it, then spaced it with 4 playing cards posiitioned on both ends. I did this for all 3 top drawers, which avoided a lot of painstaking measurement.

Cutlery Cabinet Dimensions: 13” deep x 14” high by 21” wide

Construction: Carcass is cheery veneer 3/4” ply, mitered and biscuit jointed, with cherry fronts and hardwood edge trim

Hardware: Lee Valley hammered Antique pulls, 5-3/4 long

Stain/Finish: Minwax Natural stain, satin poly spray finish on carcass and drawer fronts

-- Being half Irish and half Scottish, I love to drink but hate to pay for it

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#1 posted 05-24-2015 12:08 AM

Very nice! And good thinkin using the original inserts in the drawers.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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