Whisky Cabinet

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Project by Manitario posted 04-14-2017 04:38 PM 2496 views 18 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Single malt scotch is the best whisky in the world, scientifically proven to make your beard longer and your tools sharper. Great whisky deserves a fine cabinet; I had been keeping my whisky in a IKEA particle board cabinet and felt like I was keeping a beautiful princess in a castle made of turds. So it was time to make a cabinet worthy of the whisky it held.

I started with claro walnut: if walnut is the king of woods, then claro walnut is the emperor. The cabinet went through many, many design changes; it started off as a Krenov type of cabinet with long legs, then an Asian inspired cabinet with a live edge top. Mainly through trial and error I decided on this design. I did NOT want to do dovetails for this cabinet, the original plan was to do splined mitre corners. However, dealing with 50” long and 13” wide boards seriously limited my ability to cut accurate mitres. Considered various router jig options for dovetails but I hate the uniform look of dovetails from most jigs and I couldn’t spend $700 for a Leigh jig that would allow me to variably space the pins and tails. So, much to my dismay, I hand cut the dovetails.

Had a lot of issues with the build; wood that had been seasoning for months in my shop suddenly decided to twist and cup, made various errors with the dimensions of the shelves and base which required a lot of extra work to fix. Overall, I’m happy with how it turned out, but like most projects, I’m glad it’s done!

Video of the build

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 04-14-2017 05:02 PM

Now THAT’s  nice! Awesome design … great choice of lumber. Kudos!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.

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#2 posted 04-14-2017 05:28 PM

There are too many nice features to list each one. Great design, and I particularly like the door panels. I’ve never seen anything like that before.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#3 posted 04-14-2017 05:35 PM

Beautifully done.

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Don Broussard

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#4 posted 04-14-2017 06:09 PM

Beautiful project! I like the book matched doors.

This: “keeping a beautiful princess in a castle made of turds” just about made me spit out hot coffee out of my nose. You are a talented woodworker and an excellent writer to boot.

EDIT: I left off good videographer . . .

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#5 posted 04-14-2017 06:11 PM

Fine work. Beautiful design and great craftsmanship. Thanks for taking the time and effort to make your video. Another award winner. It is a valuable teaching tool. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#6 posted 04-14-2017 06:31 PM

This is a beautiful cabinet and a very creative design. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 04-14-2017 06:34 PM

Fantastic cabinet, I don’t drink, but I would take a shot for this build.

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#8 posted 04-14-2017 06:58 PM

Not just yes, to the comments above but HELL YES!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#9 posted 04-14-2017 07:12 PM

You need more whisky. I love the project. Well done.

-- Petey

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#10 posted 04-14-2017 08:02 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. Like most projects this started off with me planning on it taking a month which turned into 5. Next project is a matching liquor cabinet….

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#11 posted 04-14-2017 08:11 PM

That’s a beautiful cabinet.

-- Rick M,

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#12 posted 04-14-2017 08:20 PM

That is a one nice looking cabinet! Lots of room to fill, my problem is trying to keep a good bottle long enough to put in a cabinet! Shop is fantastic, wish I had more room for the bigger toys. (and $ )

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#13 posted 04-14-2017 08:53 PM

Truly a masterpiece! Really like the build and the write up about it. Time to fill it up now!

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

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#14 posted 04-14-2017 09:02 PM

Now that is a beautiful cabinet. Whether for whiskey or other.
If for whiskey: then

I just love the wood. Will have to get me a piece. Well done Manitario.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#15 posted 04-14-2017 10:12 PM

Nice work!

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

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