hanging wine cabinet and trash/recycling cabinet

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Project by RonR posted 06-06-2007 05:50 PM 8763 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Original plan was to build a hutch (sort of anyways) but there was a light swtich in the way on the wall so I built two cabinets instead. Inspired to build this because I do enjoy some wine from time to time and got sick of having a trash-can/recycling junk in our kitchen. Built this in about 2001. This was my first attempt at building a finished hardwood project with wood I bought from a lumber yard and milled myself, instead of surfaced h/w from teh HD or L big box stores. Bought a cheap jointer from Harbor Freight and a Sears Craftsman 13” planer. I have since sold off the jointer and gotten a 64B Powermatic and a Grizzley 15” Planer. Both cabinets are red birch, finished with Minwax Dark Walnut stain and tung oil, polyurethane, mineral spirits blend top coat. I learned that maybe I should have used a shellac wash to seal the wood before the staining as I got some botching but not too bad. The wine cabinet holds a fair amount of wine. The trash/recycling biin has held up well and really makes the kitchen a lot neater. Design is nothing fancy but it is original.

-- RonR, Massachusetts

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#1 posted 06-06-2007 06:14 PM

it is beautiful!!!
What a great plan to work around that light switch.
And this holds garbage/recycling?? !!!! SWEET

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#2 posted 06-06-2007 06:20 PM

Very nice, are the doors of the trash/recycling bin on drawer pulls or do they open on hinges?

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#3 posted 06-06-2007 06:43 PM

Those are great! I like the rich tone of the finish!

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

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

Thanks for the comments. Each drawer slides out on 150# heavy duty ball bearing slides, with a frame (melamine and hardwood) that holds a plastic trash barrel (12 gallons I think). It’s been in daily use for about 6 years now and still is solid and no signs of any wear and tear. The finish was an attempt to match a kitchen table and corner hutch and it came pretty close in color. The bottom is open so if anything misses it falls through to the floor where it can be swept out rather than landing inside the cabinet.

-- RonR, Massachusetts

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#5 posted 06-06-2007 06:56 PM

Wow. Beautiful color and finish. Sure beats looking at a garbage can.

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

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#6 posted 06-06-2007 08:51 PM

Beautiful work, & an extra fancy garbage container.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 06-06-2007 09:36 PM

Great project. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#8 posted 06-06-2007 11:37 PM

Excellent projects, Did’nt look like a garbage container – I guess you have High class Garbage. Thanks for sharing

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#9 posted 06-07-2007 03:37 AM

great wine rack… good way to keep those glasses safe and dust free (as if they’d be unused long enough in my house… ;)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#10 posted 06-07-2007 05:48 AM

It is beautiful. Too bad you didn’t have some boards of the same wood, but thin enough that you could have run them against the wall with a cut out for the light switch and a wooden light switch cover plate. If so, it would have looked like a built in.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#11 posted 06-07-2007 02:42 PM


I thought about doing exactly what your suggested but I planned it to be something that I could move. The pictures are from my previous home. I left several built-ins in that home. In addition to the breakfront, I left behind an office bookcase/storage cabinet, window seat/clothes closet, and a set of lower kitchen style cabinets in the finished basement. I have since built a new home and moved in 2005 so at least these cabinets came with me and are in my kitchen now. I built the vanity cabinets for 3 bathrooms in the new home and I’m in the process of building a fireplace mantel, storage cabinets, bookcase unit that is about 22’ x 8’. I’ll post some pictures of that in the next day or two. Thanks for the comments and suggestions.

-- RonR, Massachusetts

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#12 posted 06-07-2007 09:02 PM

It looks very nice. the wood looks good from here. I don’t see anything wrong with the finish. Using shellac before staining I don’t think would have given you your desired results. Maybe sanding sealer. What do you think Dick? jockmike

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#13 posted 06-07-2007 09:17 PM

Thanks. Fortunately, the blotching is not too bad and not very visible in the photo. You may know more than me on this, but I thought sanding sealer is pretty much a thinned cut of shellac and would seal the wood somewhat so staining would be more even. I’ve never tried it myself but I believe that’s what I’ve read about on Fine Can anyone who knows more comment please?

-- RonR, Massachusetts

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#14 posted 06-08-2007 02:02 AM

Good looking pieces. I am wanting to do something similar but have room for the microwave on top. Only thing is I only have 24” and the microwave needs every inch of that. I am afraid things will look too cramped.

Enjoy, it looks good.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#15 posted 08-26-2007 07:40 AM

RonR just came across this today I like you design I can see how this could clean up the kitchen. I am in the middle of preparing to put in a new pantry and need a place to store my trash can. I don’t know if you have any pictures of how you are storing yours. But if you do I would like to see them so I could get some ideas for my project.

-- Jeff B.

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