Dining Room Wall Unit

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Project by senomozi posted 03-02-2010 08:44 PM 3495 views 10 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dining room wall unit built from birch veneer plywood and solid birch. The bottom section is a single cabinet with three compartments. The profile of the doors matches that of the kitchen cabinets (not seen). The doors were ordered on the web since I don’t have the equipment to mill this profile efficiently. The upper section is made of three identical units to ease transportation to the customer site. Separate side panels for the bottom and top sections were built oversize so they could be scribed to the wall for a perfect fit. The side panels for the bottom section are installed to give the appearance of inset doors while in reality they are overlay doors. Another advantage of this side panel method is that the outside face of the cabinets/shelf units are left unfinished, which means they cannot be damaged during transportation. I am not a big fan of the conventional toe kick configuration we see in kitchen cabinets so I used a half-round moulding to dress up the base a little and used a matching profile for the countertop. Customer selected the drop pulls herself and I must admit I really like them. All built, stained and top coated in the shop. The stain is a 2:1 ratio of Brown Walnut and Light Sheraton Mahogany aniline dye I got at Lee Valley. This was followed by two coats of Zinsser SealCoat, sanding with 400 grit then three coats of Mohawk pre-cat waterborne satin lacquer.

-- Senomozi - Gatineau, Canada

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#1 posted 03-02-2010 09:45 PM

All I can say is WOW! That thing just screams CLASS through and through. A beautiful combination of design, construction, and finish.

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

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#2 posted 03-02-2010 10:13 PM

Beautiful work.

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#3 posted 03-02-2010 10:13 PM

This cabinet is superb… great craftsmanship start to finish… and the finish just makes me want to reach out and touch this cabinet.. very inviting…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#4 posted 03-02-2010 10:43 PM

Beautiful Cabinet Senomozi, I really like the finish. Very good build.

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

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#5 posted 03-02-2010 10:51 PM

That is a beautiful cabinet! Not too much, not overdone, very classy as Charlie mentioned. The finish is perfect and the craftsmanship is outstanding. Very well done!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#6 posted 03-02-2010 11:53 PM

those are simply gorgeous! I have a set of bookcases in my far distant future that will hopefully turn out along those lines. Good work!

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#7 posted 03-03-2010 12:27 AM

Both the craftsmanship and finish are first rate work. Nice piece to showcase in your own home. Should be no problem justifying the need for new tools in future projects LOL… Blkcherry

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#8 posted 03-03-2010 02:19 AM

What an awesome looking finish. Great job!

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#9 posted 03-03-2010 02:50 AM

Don’t know how you guys make these things look so slick…

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Jim Reeves

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#10 posted 03-03-2010 03:13 AM

Very nice for sure would be vocal point of any room.

-- jim

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#11 posted 03-03-2010 04:36 AM

Great looking unit. Beautifully done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 03-03-2010 04:48 AM

Beautiful! Got to agree, very classy!

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#13 posted 03-03-2010 05:22 AM

WOW Great Lookin Cabinet

-- Jim, Kentucky

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Frankie Talarico Jr.

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#14 posted 03-03-2010 05:46 AM

like it came straight out of a magazine. WOW now thats what I call skills. Excellent work , all the lines look square and plum, great job with the finish also, Very uniform.
Pro at work step aside…..

Theres nothing wrong with buying doors. One day you’ll get your own set-up. Once you do you’ll find it cheaper to buy them anyways. If you making money on it, then make money on it!

Sweet cabinet, Nice touch with the base

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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