Cedar Patio Cabinet

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Project by AnthonyRH posted 02-01-2016 04:40 AM 776 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this cedar cabinet for our neighbors as a way of saying thank you for all the help that they offered to my wife and kids while I was busy with pilot training for the Air Force.

Put it together on a Saturday, from first cut to finished product was about six hours. All materials were purchased at a blue big box store, with the exception of the internal shelves, which were put together from various hardwood scraps I had laying around the garage. Built a 2×4 frame, then clad it in cedar. The top I jointed and then put together with glue and biscuits to ensure a water-tight seal. This will be underneath a large patio roof, so hopefully it won’t need to be waterproof, but you never know. The whole thing was put on swiveling casters to make it easier to move around, and a hole was drilled into the bottom to allow electric cords to pass through it without damaging that pretty cedar.

This was built to replace the plastic “rubbermaid” cabinet that is in the background of the second picture, as it was too shallow to hold the outside stereo.

The neighbor and my kid helped me shop for supplies in the last photo.

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#1 posted 02-01-2016 11:03 AM

That sure is purdy

-- Chris

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#2 posted 02-01-2016 11:05 AM

Good job and soooo much more attractive than the white cabinet in the background. The shelves are quite an attraction as well.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#3 posted 02-01-2016 02:04 PM

nice work

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#4 posted 02-01-2016 02:18 PM

Nice thank you gift.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#5 posted 02-01-2016 03:05 PM

Beautiful. Question : Is there a reason why did you add battens all around it ? For sure they add a nice touch to the cabinet.



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#6 posted 02-01-2016 06:08 PM

Since this was a one day project, I added the battens to cover the seams where the boards joined together. I didn’t really have the time to join all the boards together, and wasn’t sure how they would expand and contract with the seasons. I felt it would add nice detail, while also making the cabinet more weatherproof, since it was constructed to hold electronics outdoors.

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#7 posted 02-01-2016 08:24 PM

Thank you Anthony.


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#8 posted 02-02-2016 03:25 PM

Great look!

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#9 posted 02-02-2016 03:42 PM

That’s a very nice storage table for your patio.

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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