First attempt at a built in cabinet

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Project by idiotwithtools posted 12-15-2009 01:52 PM 2045 views 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of the nurses I work with wanted a computer desk/display cabinet to be built into her dining room. I built this cabinet in my garage in 7 separate sections and slid them into place. I took around 3 months in my garage as a part time project but I believe she is happy. Have to remember next time to account for walls that are not plum and bring a larger hammer for instillation.

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#1 posted 12-15-2009 01:56 PM

Beautiful job on those cabinets.You did a great job.

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

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#2 posted 12-15-2009 02:30 PM

Looks real good. As long as she is happy that is all the matters.

-- Alex

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#3 posted 12-15-2009 03:30 PM

I should HOPE she’s happy with it. Great job.

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

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#4 posted 12-15-2009 03:49 PM

sure looks pro to me !

very well done .

-- 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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#5 posted 12-15-2009 05:03 PM

Wife wants me to make a built in cabinet for the family room. Hope my first attempt turns out as good as yours. Nice job.


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#6 posted 12-15-2009 05:49 PM

WOW very nice!!!

-- Don, Flower Mound, TX

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#7 posted 12-15-2009 05:53 PM

Nice built in!

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#8 posted 12-15-2009 05:56 PM

You did a wonderful job on this. I also like the hardware configuration. How could the nurse not be pleased?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 12-15-2009 06:12 PM

Doesn’t look like a first time to me. It looks great!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#10 posted 12-15-2009 06:27 PM

1st time? GREAT JOB

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

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#11 posted 12-15-2009 07:09 PM

Looks real good you should start make those as full time!


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#12 posted 12-15-2009 07:21 PM

looks fantastic! great job

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

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#13 posted 12-15-2009 10:04 PM

Looks like a first rate job, nicely done! How did you end up working around the standard non-plumb walls? Shims and edge trim or did you have enough overhang to scribe and plane to fit?

-- Mistake? No, that's just an unexpected design opportunity....

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#14 posted 12-16-2009 03:48 AM

I should first mention that almost everything I’ve learned about wood working and projects like this came from the other members of this web community. I have been watching and reading all of your posts and blogs and have learned a great deal. With this cabinet the doors only appear to have mullions in them. Each door has only a center peace down the middle and the shelves appear to be mullions. The lighting is halogen bulbs placed at the front of the case and each shelf is shorter than the other by 1/2 to 1 inch. This allows the light to blend down through the inside. When I placed the cabinet in her dining room the edge joints are all hidden with white molding and a crown molding tops off the case. I’m not sure where my pix of the finished install are but will post them in the future.

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#15 posted 12-16-2009 05:38 AM

This looks fabulous! Thanks for posting.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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