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Oak Barn Wood Guitar Display Cabinets

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Project by DustyGuy posted 07-01-2015 09:27 PM 2685 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’d like to say right from the start, that when this serious collector and seller of new and vintage guitars contacted me about building these amazing cabinets, I thought that the gods were indeed smiling down on me! I’ve been crafting various items from reclaimed woods for several years now, but these two cabinets were definitely a challenge! Back in February, I got an email from Kris that included a photo of this cabinet, built by a craftsman in California, asking if I could build two of them! Of course, I said yes, and after a meeting with him & his wife, I was on my way!

I went through nearly 300 board feet of white and red oak barn siding to get the 100 or so I needed for these, 2 sets of planer blades dulled, hours on line tracking down the hardware, etc. Even though most of the wood was reasonably flat, it still wasn’t suitable for the door and side panel frames. I ended up resawing a 1/4” veneer of the barn wood and gluing it to a new red oak backer. I experimanted with several finishes, diciding to use the fittingly named antique oak stain by minwax and spraying 3 coats of General Finish Enduro-Var, water based urethane.

The photo of the base cabinet was taken after the initial test fitting of the doors and before any finishing.

-- Norm Miller





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Mark

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#1 posted 07-01-2015 10:02 PM

Out standing job Norm. Well done.

-- Mark

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gdpolk

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#2 posted 07-01-2015 10:52 PM

That is amazing. Can you message or email me where to find that hardware?

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#3 posted 07-01-2015 11:19 PM

gdpolk….There were several places, the big strap hinges came from rensup.com. If there’s a specific item you want, let me know & I’ll look at my records to get the info for you

-- Norm Miller

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#4 posted 07-02-2015 12:06 AM



gdpolk….There were several places, the big strap hinges came from rensup.com. If there s a specific item you want, let me know & I ll look at my records to get the info for you

- DustyGuy

Thanks. The big hinges were the ones I was after. I’ve been mulling over a few projects in my mind and the look of those hinges will be picture perfect on my plans.

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#5 posted 07-02-2015 10:45 AM

Very nice!

-- Doug...

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#6 posted 07-02-2015 05:27 PM

Looks great! I would love to have something like this, but I have too many guitars and not enough space. Very nice project, though!

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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DustyGuy

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#7 posted 07-02-2015 05:53 PM

gdpolk….There were several places, the big strap hinges came from rensup.com. If there’s a specific item you want, let me know & I’ll look at my records to get the info for you

-- Norm Miller

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#8 posted 07-02-2015 05:59 PM

@Ripthorn… there’s no such thing as too many guitars! This customer changes what he displays as the mood suits. last photo he sent me had one cabinet with just 6 of his flame top Les Paul”s and, from what I’ve seen of his collection, he could do the other one with gold tops! Here’s a link to his Facebook page!

https://www.facebook.com/FriedOkrasVintageGuitars

-- Norm Miller

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