Cabinet for Dad

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Project by Timothy posted 07-16-2009 06:37 AM 1580 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For about six months now I’ve wanted to make a cabinet for my father’s office. His stereo was sitting on top of his trash can at an angle so he could get his trash through. His cd’s were also strewn all over his shelves.

The cabinet is made from birch ply with a pine faceframe and luan(sp?) backer. The door is made from pine and luan. The top is oak ply with oak edging. Finish is barn red paint from walmart’s craft section with Arm-r-Seal. Used a rare earth magnet as the closure.

The cabinet was built so the trash can would sit inside and papers can be placed in through the slit in the door. Larger items can be placed in the can by opening the door. I almost went for cd case shelves, but not putting them in give dad greater flexibility for future use of the cabinet whenever he retires.

Lessons Learned: I can make a cabinet, which means hopefully I can make a whole kitchen full of better cabinets. I really like cup pulls but this one seams a little large. Not sure whether it was the paint or the Arm-r-Seal, but something was deteriorating the t-shirt material I was using to apply the finish. I really like using my pocket hole jig, this thing probably has double the amount of screws I needed. Pocket holes strip out easily. Once the glue cured the door really stiffened up, I was amazed.

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#1 posted 07-16-2009 07:00 AM

Well done Timothy a cool cabinet and nice design.

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#2 posted 07-16-2009 02:03 PM

Very cool looking cabinet. Like the paint.

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

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#3 posted 07-16-2009 04:02 PM

Clean and simple lines, unique and useful. Wel done!

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#4 posted 07-16-2009 07:08 PM

Nicely done.

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

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#5 posted 07-17-2009 06:56 AM

Very nice cabinet and storage arrangement.I thnk you’re right about the pull , but if Dad likes it , that’s all that matters : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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