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Project by Randy Sharp posted 02-03-2010 05:59 PM 3171 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project took five weeks from start to completion on 2-2-10. Sides and upper and lower sections are oak plywood. Face frames and door frames are solid oak. Finish is cherry stain and three coats of satin poly.

Construction notes: Upper cabinet back is 3/4” plywood. I ripped 5 1/2” pieces and chamfered the edges of each piece to give the v-groove look. The pieces are joined together via splining. Door and face frames use pocket-hole joinery, with plugs. Shelves are plywood with hardwood edging.

The design and proportions are my own, using pictures of other LJ projects as my guide. Total cost of materials around $450, approximately 40 labor hours.

While nailing the crown molding, I took a hit to the thumb with a 1 1/4” 18 ga. brad. After a short recess to get a tetnus shot, I was back in the shop!

Thanks for looking.

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#1 posted 02-03-2010 06:04 PM

Wow Randy
This China cabinet looks terrific good job top to bottom

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#2 posted 02-03-2010 06:23 PM

Very nice looking cabinet. Great selection of wood grain pattern.

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#3 posted 02-03-2010 06:54 PM

THAT is beautiful!!

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#4 posted 02-03-2010 07:00 PM

JayJay took the words right out of my mouth!! Sweet!

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#5 posted 02-03-2010 09:42 PM

Looks really great – big “thumbs up” from me on this project!

May I also comment to the one who decorated the cabinet. A few light and airy objects on the very top. Minimal assorted glassware seen through the windows and only one item on the main shelf. Nicely done. Too many items in view and any cabinet can quickly look cluttered and/or top heavy. You sure did a nice job to enhance the cabinet instead of distract from the nice workmanship.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 02-03-2010 09:46 PM

Awesome, but I don’t think I would have taken the time to take a picture of my thumb if I were you.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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Randy Sharp

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#7 posted 02-03-2010 09:56 PM

Thanks for the comments. ohwoodeye, my wife will be thrilled with your compliment. She put A LOT of thought into the decorations.

Rex, surprisingly, the nail accident was practically pain free…about like a bee sting. After an hour in the hospital waiting room, I pulled it out myself, got a tetnus shot, went home, and straight back to work in the shop.

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#8 posted 02-03-2010 11:44 PM

Thats BEAUTIFUL. Real nice design and craftmanship. I love the look and feel of Oak

-- It's not the breaths U take but the moments that take your breath away !!

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#9 posted 02-03-2010 11:48 PM

VERY nice. I like the grain in the oak and the cherry stain really brings out the grain patterns. It has a fine furnture look with a country charm – I really like it.

I know the feeling on the nail in the thumb. I did a similar thing a few years ago. Shot a nail into the bottom of my left thumb through the thumbnail. I had to use wire cutters to free myself from the project. Like yours, it didn’t hurt at all – kind of knocked it numb. The doctor’s novicaine shot to deaden it hurt much worse than the nail going through.

Really nice china cabinet. Congratulations on a job well done.

-- Randy, DeKalb, Illinois

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#10 posted 02-04-2010 02:36 AM

I like it! Nice stain color. The crown molding finishes it off nicely.

-- Obiwan

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#11 posted 02-04-2010 05:55 AM

Beautiful cabinet Randy, Very good build

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#12 posted 02-04-2010 05:01 PM

Nice work!
What did you use for Drawer guides?

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Randy Sharp

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#13 posted 02-04-2010 06:38 PM

John, the drawers ride directly on the dust frames, made of Poplar. Guide strips keep the drawer from racking side to side. Drawer sides and back are pine. I noticed Norm Abram using this technique on many of his Shaker pieces. I prefer this method for cost savings (and installation headaches) by avoiding mechanical guides.

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#14 posted 02-05-2010 04:00 AM

Beautiful china cabinet.

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#15 posted 08-01-2013 12:23 AM

Great work, however this post should have a warning attached with the nail in your thumb photo – OUCH!!!

-- Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. However, when you can, you should with wood!

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