Mahogony China Cabinet

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Project by jevarn71 posted 10-14-2009 10:13 PM 2834 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got into woodworking while stationed in Honduras. The base had a nice moral program including a woodshop, hammock making, and wicker furniture. It provided $300 worth of materiel for whichever one you choose to do. I always wanted to try woodworking, but never could afford to buy any of the machines to really get into it. This was my opportunity to try and see what I could do.
One of my first big projects I took on was this china cabinet. After researching in numerous woodworking books on design and construction techniques, this is what I was able to create. My basic design came from a picture I found online with some overall dimensions. The first two pictures are from when I was still in Honduras. I waited until I returned to the U.S. before doing the finishing just in case of damage in shipping. If you look closely at the bottom, I did end up changing the base. Those little legs didn’t do well in shipping, so I went with a more solid base. The finish is just clear gloss poly.

-- Jason, JEV Woodworking

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#1 posted 10-14-2009 11:03 PM

This a wonderful china cabinet great wood,finish and build.

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#2 posted 10-14-2009 11:18 PM

Big first project. Turned out great.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#3 posted 10-15-2009 12:28 AM

Jason, Great job. Actually, I like the design of the legs you ended up with. Very nice design and build. Welcome to LJ’s.

-- John @

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#4 posted 10-15-2009 12:39 AM

Nice china cabinet.

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#5 posted 10-15-2009 05:01 AM

very nice work.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#6 posted 10-15-2009 05:19 AM

Your first project, wow, not bad!! i was just thinking of my first project, a spindle with a table top in high school. the instructor came over to my lathe, and took out the spindle, which was a thin as a match stick, and said, don’t do this to your spindle, do oh !! well done, actually in honduras admist all of that honduras mahogany, i hope you shipped a couple of thousand bft of the good stuff !!


-- Steve, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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#7 posted 10-15-2009 06:34 AM

You are a natural! I thing you found your calling. You did a great job on your hutch. I think your new base looks a lot better than the legs you first had. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 10-15-2009 01:54 PM

Wow! I wish my first project looked half as good. I agree with ND2ELK, the new base looks better.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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