Re-Purposed Cabinet

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Project by greg48 posted 10-07-2015 04:50 PM 1069 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sometime back I accepted a small commission to re-purpose an old cabinet into a wine/liquor cabinet. After correcting some minor joint failures, I commenced with the new additions.

I added a 6” deep well in the top to hold glassware, lined it with mirrors and hinged the top with a piano hinge. The lid is supported with a pneumatic support to hold the lid up when opened.

The remaining interior space was equally divided with a 3/4” piece of Beech that was doweled and edged glued. The vertical piece is held in place with the wine rack on the left and 1/2” quarter round on the top and bottom. I purposely left the vertical piece temporarily anchored so that the next guy could easily remove the innards if so desired. I fashioned an 8 bottle wine rack for the left side of the interior space using Beech lumber that is joined with a combination of half laps, tongue and groove, and Titebond II. The right side was drilled on 2” centers for shelf pins that support a 1/4” floating glass shelf that will hold liquor bottles. The “new” additions were stained using a 3:2 combination of Minwax ‘Red mahogany’ and Varathane ‘Cabernet’ topped with dark walnut danish oil.

The client (wishing to retain the patina of the old finish) did not want the cabinet refinished. The “old” finish had become faded and “scaly”, so I just added some dark oil furniture polish to the exterior using a 00 steel wool pad to knock down some of the scale and color fill some of the deeper scratches.

Thanks for looking in and all comments (good or bad) are welcome. If you wish to follow the build, follow the link here

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#1 posted 10-07-2015 05:27 PM

It’s an interesting cabinet, I can see why they wanted to save it. I’m sure it looks nothing like it did when you got it in your hands. Your modifications and additions look good, nice job.

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#2 posted 10-07-2015 07:55 PM

Nice conversion. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 10-07-2015 11:53 PM

She turned out great—nice work!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#4 posted 10-28-2015 01:13 AM

Looking really nice. Brought it back to life.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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