Mid century modern Credenza

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Project by Jake posted 11-05-2015 08:47 PM 1345 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My latest project, I have started replacing my furniture that I first made with some newer stuff, because I am more capable now and also because the old cat litter box enclosment was not built up to our family code. :)

So Basically what this is, is a fancy cat shitter box, made all out of plywood all surfaces veneered, only exception is the legs which I turned from beech and stained to look darker. Veneers are Oak and I don’t even know what the darker is – to me looks some kind of mahogany, sapele like, but I can’t be sure, my step-dad had these in storage for over 20 years and I used these because I like them.

Took me about 6 weeks to build, no vacuum bag, just a lot fo weights and clamps for all surfaces. Finished with 4 coats of amber shellac, polished with beeswax.

Thanks for looking!

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#1 posted 11-05-2015 08:50 PM

Any cat would be proud to have that.

Beautiful piece.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-05-2015 08:57 PM

Nice work there Jake!

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#3 posted 11-05-2015 09:08 PM

My cats would have loved it. A little litter box exhaust fan vented out the back and to the outside and it would be perfect.

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#4 posted 11-05-2015 09:08 PM

Very nice Jake. That’s a lot of veneering.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#5 posted 11-05-2015 09:18 PM

Great work. I can’t believe you did all that veneering with clamps and weights.

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#6 posted 11-05-2015 09:49 PM

Thanks everyone! Yeah Matt, exhaust to the outside would be perfect, but not really reasonable in our climate.

Waldo – Veneering was some what of a challenge, especially on the very large pieces, but it can be done, just need to be more careful, some spots came out less than stellar, but I am not pointing them out to anyone and nobody will know since they don’t know where to look.

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#7 posted 11-06-2015 12:43 AM

Great work Jake! The darker veneer looks much like some quarter sawn African mahogany I had that has that ribbon look.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#8 posted 11-06-2015 02:16 AM

That’s gotta be the nicest looking cat rest area I’ve ever seen! You did a fine job on this project, and I hope the cat(s) the new facilities!

And congrats on the DT3!

-- Dean

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#9 posted 11-06-2015 04:46 AM

Looks great, Jake! Hope the entryway is too small for your princess to gain access ;-)
Congratulations on the DT3!

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 11-09-2015 05:08 PM

Looks amazing, I personally love modern style furniture, you did a great job. How did you join all the plywood together? It looks like the top piece of wood is between the 2 sides

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#11 posted 01-04-2016 07:55 AM

I really like this build a lot! I am in the process of designing and building a credenza similar to this. I’m not a cat person so mine will be just a entertainment center and storage.


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