Four Drawer File Cabinet in cherry

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Project by Woodwrecker posted 09-10-2016 09:16 PM 2300 views 6 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this Cherry four drawer filing cabinet to replace the crappy metal one that I am happily throwing out.
This cabinet is solid Cherry, with Maple drawers and Mahogany drawer fronts.
The case and drawers are all dovetailed, and the drawer bottoms and cabinet back are all tongue & groove Oak.
I was fortunate enough to get one large Mahogany board big enough to use for all the drawer fronts. I love the way the grain runs throughout each.
I added a little sass by using a Steam Punk theme design for the drawer pulls, and then painted them jet black with brass screws.
The drawer guides are smooth operating Kosta Novas.
I finished the cabinet in Boiled Linseed Oil with one coat of Polyurethane.
It measures about 42” high x 18” wide x 22” deep.
And it weighs a ton.
It was a fun but challenging project and I hope this cabinet outlasts me.
Thanks for looking and have a great day.

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#1 posted 09-10-2016 09:30 PM

Wow, Eric, that is awesome!

Love those dovetails. Really cool drawer pulls! You might have to market them!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Paul M

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#2 posted 09-10-2016 09:48 PM

Elegance meets Industrial—-Nice!

-- Paul from New England "No man is a failure who is enjoying life". William Feather

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#3 posted 09-10-2016 10:53 PM

i really love that cherry, and with the way you have built it, im sure it will outlast all of us.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 09-10-2016 11:00 PM

Beautiful file, Eric!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 09-10-2016 11:03 PM

Very nice work!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#6 posted 09-10-2016 11:32 PM

Nice dovetails and big bold pulls. Nice work, E!

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#7 posted 09-11-2016 12:29 AM

Nice job Eric, much better than a metal one.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 09-11-2016 01:17 AM

Beautiful and very useful also.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#9 posted 09-11-2016 01:26 AM

this cabinet has serious attitude – great work

-- Greg Simon

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#10 posted 09-11-2016 02:45 AM

What an improvement. I have always hated those metal ones. The good ones are functional but ugly. The cheap ones are just ugly.
Yours on the other hand will be not only a joy to use but beautiful to boot!

Nice work Eric

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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Sam Shakouri

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#11 posted 09-11-2016 07:00 AM

Very nice and congratulation for the DT3.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#12 posted 09-11-2016 08:40 AM


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#13 posted 09-11-2016 12:14 PM

Very Nice Eric, though I am surprised you didn’t make your own drawer pulls. :)

Below are the handles I made for my shop cabinets.

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#14 posted 09-11-2016 12:42 PM

Besides awesome box, harware looks great.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 09-11-2016 03:31 PM

That’s a brute of a set of drawers, Eric, I don’t detect a speck of femininity. What are you stowing in those things, auto parts?..........(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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