It's finally done!

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Project by Pdub posted 12-11-2009 06:54 PM 2130 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, it’s finally finished. I posted in the earlier stage of this project. As stated before my boss thought that since I did woodwork, I was a cabinet maker. So, I said I would try. I have to admit that I had fun doing this, but was a little stressed that he would not like it. He pretty much gave me the reins to design and build this. This cabinet is the first thing you see when you walk into our place of business so there was no pressure on me at all. LOL The wooden doors were bought at Menards and the glass doors and shelves were purchased at a Fargo glass. The missile in the middle was turned by a guy that I work with. Got to give him his props because he does amazing work.

The overall length is almost twelve feet, the two end pieces are 20 inches deep, but I put a false back in it so the shelves are only 12 inches deep . I had to make the side pieces as wide as I did because the center piece is covering a portion of the wall that was built around some pipes and therefore stuck out about 9 in. It is built in three sections and screwed together once in place. Several people told me that it would be easier to build it completely flat in front but I wanted the focal point to be on the missile, and I had a vision that I just couldn’t let go of. I’m glad I stuck to my guns.

It is made of oak and oak veneer ply. Stained with minwax “provincial” stain and has several coats of satin poly. Everyone seems happy with it so I guess I did my job.

One thing I discovered with this project is: I can draw a cabinet a whole lot easier than I can build it. The center section gave me fits and connecting the three was a pain, but I think it turned out alright in the end.

I wasn’t sure how to link my earlier post of this. Sorry!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#1 posted 12-11-2009 07:26 PM

Nice looking cabinet! Good job!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#2 posted 12-11-2009 08:08 PM

Looks like a great job. I’m certain the “boss” was pleased.

I noticed one small thing I would comment on for future projects. The grain in the end panels is flat sawn or peeled and looks sort of wild and rough compared to the rest of the piece. If you wanted it that way great, but you can get quarter sawn oak plywood with a much straighter and less pronounced grain. It costs a bit more but I think it looks better.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 12-11-2009 09:03 PM

Love it!!!! Great Job!

-- Joshua Warren {Also know as- Porkchop}

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#4 posted 12-11-2009 09:07 PM

Nice job, Paul. Cabinetry like this is hard to come by.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#5 posted 12-11-2009 09:13 PM

Great looking cabinets. You did an excellent job.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#6 posted 12-11-2009 09:30 PM

Thanks everyone for the nice comments!

LesB- Your right it does look a little wild. I work on a military base and we get our wood from the self-help section and they have a limited selection. I will definitely keep that in mind when I build something at home for the REAL boss. LOL

Thanks for the advice!!!!!!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#7 posted 12-11-2009 09:51 PM

Very nice

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#8 posted 12-12-2009 12:15 AM

Paul, I think that you did a great job, if your boss is civil service he’ll take credit and if he’s military You know that he or she is happy because he or she woulkd be the first to let you know. But after 22 yrs ad you already know the score. Either way its still a great job.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#9 posted 12-12-2009 02:30 AM

Nice work.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#10 posted 12-12-2009 04:40 AM

Wow, just wow!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#11 posted 12-12-2009 06:19 AM

I salute you. It just needs some lighting.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#12 posted 12-12-2009 08:30 AM

Actually it has some lighting, but they aren’t bright enough. We have plans to put different lights in, some time in the future.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#13 posted 12-12-2009 09:00 AM

Your boss was right, you are a cabinet maker. Excellent workmanship.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#14 posted 01-05-2011 05:33 PM

Nice job, that’s a big project, I am sure your boss loves it, and all who come in the building. Thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#15 posted 01-05-2011 05:50 PM

Nice job, Paul.

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