Map chest inspired cabinet

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Project by jma213 posted 07-12-2015 02:08 AM 1984 views 22 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Saw a picture of an antique map drawer cabinet online and immediately thought – next project!! But, who needs a piece of furniture with a bunch of tiny useless drawers. So this is built so that each two drawer front pairing are actually fixed together and form one large deep drawer. So there is actually a total of 5 drawers which are roughly 8 inches deep.

Love to know your thoughts – built to sell originally but it looks amazing in my office. I might just keep it!

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#1 posted 07-12-2015 02:00 PM

looks nice

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#2 posted 07-12-2015 02:38 PM

I’d keep it!
Not a huge fan of staining pine but this looks great

-- Greg Simon

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#3 posted 07-12-2015 02:56 PM

I like this. At some point, I want to make a wooden chest to put all my wood working tools in. A map chest would fit the bill nicely.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#4 posted 07-12-2015 06:36 PM

Yeah, staining pine is a frustrating job for sure. I’ve tried all the stuff that is hyped up to stop blotching … Well I’m still looking for the silver bullet … Now, I think that some blotching is ok, and like your wife said, adds to the character.
Your beautiful cabinet has a wonderful antique look to it .. I like it.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#5 posted 07-12-2015 08:41 PM

Love it…need one!

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. If traffic is passing you on the right, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG DAMN LANE.

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#6 posted 07-12-2015 09:04 PM

By the way, what are the demisions on that?

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. If traffic is passing you on the right, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG DAMN LANE.

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#7 posted 07-12-2015 10:04 PM

Staining pine isn’t easy. I think the “look” you ended up with is perfect.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 07-12-2015 11:13 PM

Looks great to me and I really like how 2 “drawers” = 1. Can’t give you any info on staining pine. Thanks for sharing.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#9 posted 07-12-2015 11:39 PM

Sorry – dimensions are roughly 4 feet long, 40” high and 18in deep.

I found that using pre-conditioner is a must and application with a brush is nearly required – I used a foam brush on the drawer fronts and you can see that blotches are still visible. On the top I used a brush, soaking the top and no blotches.

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#10 posted 07-13-2015 01:03 AM

Looks great, where did you get the card holders for the face of the drawers?

-- @craftcollectif ,,

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#11 posted 07-13-2015 01:32 AM

I always liked the looks of those map cabinets. You have done an excellent job modifying it for every day use.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#12 posted 07-13-2015 11:57 PM

That is a great looking cabinet! Looks just like the real thing!

As for selling it, I know how you feel. The projects feel like you’ve given birth to them, and it’d be like selling one of your kids. You’ve got to get over that!

(On the other hand, I’d probably keep it, too…......)

-- Dean

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#13 posted 07-15-2015 12:38 PM

Im by no means an expert but about 25 years ago my mom took me to the “you finish it” furniture store and got me a pine bedroom set. I was around 16 and had some experience, but this was a huge task nontheless. The salesman asked me on a chart what color i was looking at, and before we left handed me a can of “ZAR” wood stain. He looked at me an said ” ive been doing this for 40 years, and this is the most forgiving stain ive ever used”. Well i can say that certainly proved to be true. And i got virtually no blotching at all, and was one of the best pine stain jobs ive ever done. Just 2 cents. Im sure there are better out there but hopefully this helps sombody.

-- " I dont understand......I cut that board AT LEAST 4 times and its STILL too short!"

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#14 posted 07-15-2015 12:58 PM

That is such a nice cabinet cabinet and could be used for a lot of different things. It would also make a nice shop cabinet.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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