Cabinet for the Wife

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Project by 2manyhobbies posted 06-09-2016 06:17 PM 947 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

A few months ago, my wife mentioned that she would like a wall shelf/cabinet/thing to display her various collections. I of course said “Yes, dear.” then went about drawing up plans for a intense convoluted build (which almost moderately resembles the finished product… astute eyes will notice there is a lot more cherry cut in the picture than used in the final project). 6 weeks and 3 design changes into my weekend project, here is the beautiful finished project.

This was a wonderful learning experience, as it was my first time doing just about any real woodworking. I have been turning for a few years and my only “woodworking” experience is a pocket screw project dog bed, and my own workbench. I built a jig for cutting the finger joints on my table saw, learned how to use a router, learned the importance of a spiral-cut bit vs a straight-cut bit (which I did not have available, did I go buy one… no, let’s just ruin a board… DESIGN CHANGE!), learned how to chisel out rounded router corners (sorta… still need a lot of practice), learned the importance of remembering to account for material thickness PROPERLY in your measurements, and most importantly I learned that the project is never (read “seldom ever”) ruined, merely in flux.

The outer case is Walnut, with the inner shelves made of Cherry, and the backboard is Birch ply. Finished with a satin wipe-on poly. Not pictured is the french cleat hanging system on the back; she stated that she wants it to hang in its current orientation, but I made a mitered cleat that will allow it to be hung with any side “up”.

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#1 posted 06-09-2016 07:32 PM

Beautiful and useful box. It’s good it has various size compartments. I also enjoy when make something for my wife.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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