Pegasus Cabinet

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Project by Winters45 posted 08-27-2016 01:31 AM 1625 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first real project.
The main body is made of Maple and Walnut. The legs and handles are Macassar Ebony and the table top is White Oak.
There are no screws or any metal. Only wood and wood glue. I also tried to uses as little glue as possible. So the legs, table top and hinges are removable. They stay together with tight dowels. We’ll see if it hold up. But it is more a decoration than a practical cabinet.
I made the half-blind dovetail with a pantorouter from There is no way I could have done that with hand tools.
I didnt design it, I used a sketchup plan that I found online and modified it a little bit. I cannot find it anymore online but I still have the sketchup file so I can upload it if someone wants it. The pegasus were also found online. I used this picture and made a intarsia plan out of it with sketchup:

I am a little disapointed at how the Pegasus intarsia turned out after the finish. I wanted them as white as possible. As you can seee in this picture, the natural danish oil that I used really turned them yellow:
I don’t know why because the rest of the Maple stayed pretty clear. They do not come from the same boards as the rest, I used firewood for the intarsia, maybe it is because of that?

I screwed up the right door. Can you see it? It was out of square after the glue up, I manage to repair it without building another one. It is hardly noticeable but still visible.

I paid about $150 in material. $90 for the Maple and walnut of the body and doors, $40 for the Oak board but I used only half of it and $5 for each legs (they were on sales and were supposed to cost $11 each). I also used free firewood for the Pegasus and the horizontal boards on the doors. That is why they have a different color, but these boards were differents before the finish:
The back panel is also made of Maple firewood. I actually had my first injury cutting these thin boards for the back panel, I touched the table saw blade with my middle finger, but it is all healed up now. The lesson learned is that you are more inclined to injury when you do repetitive tasks.

I have no intention to sell it but how much do you think it is worth? It took me about two month building it and no idea how many hours. But I was working pretty much full time on it since I was on vacation for the pas two months.

And that is all i have to say about it, tell me what you think.

More pictures of the construction process:

13 comments so far

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#1 posted 08-27-2016 02:00 AM

Nice arrangement. Love the hinges.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#2 posted 08-27-2016 03:18 AM

Nice job!

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#3 posted 08-27-2016 03:28 AM

Really cool looking. The wood combination is really great.

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#4 posted 08-27-2016 04:04 AM

Nice looking cabinet!
Nice woodworking!

Is thete some reason for Pegasus?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#5 posted 08-27-2016 10:08 AM

I had to favorite this because the use of the different color woods are perfectly arranged and complement each other.
A really, really great effect.
I see why you wanted the Pegasus as white as possible, but it still turned our amazingly well.

I really like this!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#6 posted 08-27-2016 11:31 AM

Very nicely done

To keep things white, you may want to try water based poly. Shellac and lacquer will also have less yellow.

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#7 posted 08-27-2016 12:00 PM

I had to favorite this because the use of the different color woods are perfectly arranged and complement each other.
A really, really great effect.
I see why you wanted the Pegasus as white as possible, but it still turned our amazingly well.

I really like this!

- UncleStumpy

I just tought they looked cool on the picture that i found online and that two facing each other would look even better. I then wanted to do a greek themed cabinet by making a greek pattern inlay on the table top but that failed.

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#8 posted 08-27-2016 04:28 PM

This turned out nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 08-27-2016 07:50 PM

Now this is beautiful! As for cost, I would be afraid to guess. The Pegasus look amazing the color they are.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#10 posted 08-27-2016 10:55 PM

Very nice looking cabinet! The dovetails turned out well, and the Pegasus’ look great!

By the way, I think if they had been white, they would have looked out of place with the maple and walnut. I think they look better the way they are.

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#11 posted 08-28-2016 09:19 AM

Outstanding work with so many incredible woodworking elements. From dovetails and wooden hinges to srollsaw/intarsia work and nicely shaped top. Realy unique project. Definately one of the best cabinets I saw recently.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 08-28-2016 03:29 PM

Great approach!

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,must polish it to shine...

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#13 posted 08-28-2016 09:42 PM

Very very well for the first “real project”! Good Luck!

-- Michael Makarevich (CrazyRussianWoodShop):

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