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Project by RonR posted 06-06-2007 03:19 AM 5755 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here’s my first substantial built-in furniture project, built in about 2001. The breakfront has lower cabinets for storage, open book/nick nack shelves on the sides, and a lighted display case in the top center. All rails and styles and door frames are poplar. Raised panels in the doors and on the side are MDF. Top surface is red oak. Built as 6 individual components in my basement shop and put together in the family room. Unfortunately, had to leave it when I sold the house in 2005, but it was a feature that helped get a buyer. A lot of fun to build.

-- RonR, Massachusetts

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#1 posted 06-06-2007 03:36 AM

It looks great Ron. Easy to see how it could help sell a house.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 06-06-2007 03:52 AM

I really like projects like this. Thanks for showing it to us!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 06-06-2007 04:00 AM

Thanks for the comments and cordial welcome. I hope to share some of my more recent work over the next few days. Great meeting you guys (by email anyways!) and I look forward to learning from your experience and to see your projects.

-- RonR, Massachusetts

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#4 posted 06-06-2007 06:19 AM

Nice work. White can be hard to work with.

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#5 posted 06-06-2007 06:27 AM

Ron, great cabinet here, great workmanship shown. Thanks for sharing.

Just think in another 15 years and it will classify as an antique!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#6 posted 06-06-2007 11:35 AM

Great looking cabinet – you should be proud of yourself to achieve this as a 1st project.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#7 posted 06-06-2007 11:52 AM

it’s beautiful. I bet you are glad you have a pix of it especially now that it is “gone”

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 06-06-2007 06:52 PM

Great looking cabinet, Ron. I’d hate to have left it.

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

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#9 posted 06-07-2007 05:49 AM

Very nicely done. I can see why it helped make the sell.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#10 posted 06-07-2007 09:12 PM

Very nice project like Mark said I too can see where it would help sell the house. That looks like a lot of work, like a Mark Decou project. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 06-07-2007 09:31 PM

You are far too kind! I just checked out some of Mark Decou’s A&C furniture and I am totally amazed by his talent. Wish I could build some furniture like his.

-- RonR, Massachusetts

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#12 posted 02-26-2008 03:26 AM

Great looking brakes front unit. This is the third of yours projects I have viewed and there is one thing I have caught on to. You guys must really have a thing for WHITE.

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#13 posted 02-26-2008 07:28 PM


Thanks for all the kind comments on this and other of my projects. Yes, my wife does have a thing for white! I have finally conviced her that it is possible to build furniture that shows off the wood. I’ve jst started work on a cherry media cabinet in the Greene & Greene style that will have a clear finish. It’ll be a while to build that and I am glad I won’t have to paint it.

-- RonR, Massachusetts

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