Pine cabinet

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Project by Ken Dixon posted 08-19-2009 12:50 PM 2199 views 13 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This cabinet I got at a yard sale for $1. It was in rough shape especially the original door. I sanded it all down to get most of the scratches and dents out but there was nothing I could do to save the door so I made a new one. The door frame is pined mortis and tenon pine. The panel is four reclaimed pine boards glued together then planed to 3/16 of an inch. I did this project in the fall so I gathered up some fallen leaves from our tree in the front yard and traced the outlines onto the panel. Using my scroll saw to cut out the spaces between the leaves. To make the vanes in the leaves I used my Dremmel tool then took coloured pencils to add the colour. The whole cabinet is finished with three coats of polyurethane.

-- Ken, Kanata Ont. Canada

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Matthew T. Smith

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#1 posted 08-19-2009 03:27 PM

This is a very nice conversion Ken…I especially like the leaf door panel.
I could see this technique expanded for a larger series of panels.
Let’s keep making saw dust!

-- Matthew, North Carolina,

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#2 posted 08-19-2009 04:41 PM

The door makes the cabinet pop, nice job.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#3 posted 08-19-2009 04:52 PM

That door is beautiful!

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

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#4 posted 08-19-2009 05:04 PM

very nice indeed. nice touch on the door!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 08-19-2009 05:06 PM

Very cool save ,a very neat idea with the door. well done

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 08-19-2009 05:19 PM

beautifull !
how did you get the different shades on the leaves ?
and keep them from bleeding together ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 08-20-2009 12:07 AM

Nice job, I wouldn’t have thought that coloured pencils would look that good on a pine project.

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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#8 posted 08-20-2009 12:18 AM

Sweet looking door and cool idea

-- Ben Kahmann Dayton, OH

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#9 posted 08-20-2009 02:47 AM

Thanks David. Using the coloured pencils (or pencil crayons) on the wood is just like using them on paper except the colour isn’t as intense. As you are colouring you can layer different colours one on top of another and also blend them together just as you can on paper. When I was ready to put the finish on the door panel I used spray polyurethane in a can, that way I wouldn’t take the chance of moving any of the colour around. It has been in my daughter’s room now for two years.

-- Ken, Kanata Ont. Canada

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#10 posted 08-21-2009 05:01 PM

wonderful idea! The leaves look so realistic. Are the spaces holes ? Margy

-- fool on the hill

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#11 posted 08-21-2009 06:43 PM

Nice save. The door idea is outstanding. Good job.

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Ken Dixon

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#12 posted 08-24-2009 12:15 PM

Thanks Margy. Yes the spaces are holes. I thought about putting a backer behind the pannel but just left it and so far there has been not problem.

-- Ken, Kanata Ont. Canada

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#13 posted 03-31-2013 01:34 AM

A stunning door, a great save. I’ve got a new project for my daughter here, the colouring master, thanks.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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