DVD Cabinet

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Project by Obi posted 01-10-2007 06:19 PM 2403 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine had about 350 DVD’s and VHS tapes stacked up in his room, on tables, shelves, chairs…anywhere there was a flat surface. His room mate was the friend that I build my first set of Kitchen cabinets for, and when the topic of buying a DVD Cabinet came up, the soloution was “Instead of paying someone we don’t know build something cheap, Let’s get Michael to do it and give hime a little more money to make up for tax and shipping” They offered me $400.00. Needless to say, I took it.3/4” soid oak frame, 1/2” oak shelves and Oak flat panel front with a piece of trim to cover the gap where the doors closed, finished in mineral oil.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 01-10-2007 06:56 PM

Very nice Obi,
You should be getting more orders, when people see this one.
Lumber jocks is working now.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 01-10-2007 07:05 PM

Thanks Dick.
The neighbor saw me wheeling it out to the truck, and then he cussed at me. He said “F*IN’ A”. I told him it was $400.00 and he said “We’ll be talkin’”
Then another guy saw it and asked me if I got it at Oak Warehouse. I guess when you’re compared to a major retailer, thats a good thing???

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#3 posted 01-10-2007 09:37 PM

1. Beautiful! 2) quite the compliments you got (and well deserved).
I’ve been looking at ideas for such a cabinet but of all of the ideas I’ve had so far, I think I like this one the best. Very convenient, clean-look.
Congrats on the feedback and prospective customers (who tell two friends, who tell two friends…)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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Ethan Sincox

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#4 posted 01-10-2007 11:09 PM

Michael, can you expound upon your mineral oil finish? Does that mean you used just straight mineral oil? No urethane or varnish? That doesn’t really offer much protection from things like sweating drinking glasses, does it?

-- Ethan,

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#5 posted 01-11-2007 12:00 AM

Michael, this is a well designed and executed project. Given the price of Oak here in Australia, I doubt if you could even purchase the lumber for your selling price. I’d say $900 would be more the go.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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dennis mitchell

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#6 posted 01-11-2007 03:08 AM

Good job! Your freinds got a great deal…and you have a degree in buisness?

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#7 posted 01-11-2007 03:10 AM

Denis – that’s what I was thinking. Michael – STOP GIVING AWAY YOUR WORK!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#8 posted 01-11-2007 04:57 AM

First of all, you put a drink in your closet on your dvd rack? Second, so far I have no problems using mineral oil for a couple of reasons.
1) It’s an oil so it repells a certain amount of moisture.
2) If they use it on cutting boards it must be o.k.
3) You use about three or four coats
And the cabinet sold for $300.00 in a catelog. The wood cost me $100.00 and it took me about three days Hunnerd Dollars a day works for me. Yes I have an A.A. in Business Administration and since I’m starting out in Business I have to compete with the likes of Wal-Mart and Home Depot. I also have to deal with people who have a ingnorant mental disposition who want custom Furniture for a Wal-Mart Pirce. If I hold out for the price I’m worth, I’ll starve. It was a resonable price in this area. I was thinking about shipping them to Don and let him sell them for $900.00 and pocket the difference
And for the record i get oak at $2.00 per board foot

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#9 posted 01-11-2007 06:51 AM

There is always the “friends and family” discount factor… To bad that your handiwork is hidden in a closet. You should offer to “refinish” the door to that closet, and then take your sweet time, so that others may see, and order one for themselves.

just out of curiosity, how tall is that one? I have to replace the one we foolishly bought at the el-cheapo mega-retailer several years back (pre-woodworking days). Fortunately we’ve since banished it from the living space.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#10 posted 01-11-2007 08:28 AM

Every time I go over to this friends house, if company shows up I take them into the back room to show it off. This is the friend that saw the artist in me and bought me all the tools I wanted for the cabinet shop. I built a 7-sided treehouse in his front yard with T-111 siding, maple floors dual-paned windows ship lap roofing and almost water proof, and the same color scheme to match his house. He has the maple kitchen cabinets i built… He’s the best pimp a person can have. I think the DVD Cabinet was 63 1/2” tall x 24” wide x 12” deep.

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#11 posted 01-11-2007 07:42 PM

very nice looking cab. i hear you when you say that you have to deal with people mentality of wal-mart and other discount stores. my thought is that my job to educate people and build nice things for them. i do not cut wood for a living, so maybe i am spoiled, i sort of pick and choose what i build. i wish i could build for living, but to many people want something for nothing. we all as woodworkers need to educate as many people as possible so they understand what is they are buying. keep up the good work


-- mjhaines

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#12 posted 02-01-2007 07:16 PM

That is a great looking cabinet Michael. It is nice to have someone who is always buying your work.

Oak for $2 a bdft? Wow, you are doing better than I am. Mine is more like $3.50.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#13 posted 02-01-2007 07:25 PM

Go to Aura in Modesto and pick it off the rack. The stuff on the floor is $3.50. The $2.00 stuff is fine.

And thanks. And I don’t always have someone buying my stuff, I pimp myself out and only build something that someone wants. And my friends/family know that if they don’t pay me to make something, I’ll be bangin on their door, lookin for food. If I’m not busy making something I’ll post up on their couch and watch Bob Barker and soap operas. There is a method to my madness.

And since I know my friends pretty well, I send them pictures of stuff and say “Isn’t this pretty?”

When I finished the magazine table for one friend, I went and showed it to the wife of another friend. Now they want all new hand-crafted furniture.

She’s the friend that i built the 7-sided tree house for. I talked about it with her husband, and he said no. I showed pictures to his wife and she said she wanted one, so the husband, using wisdom, aggreed to it.

I know, I’m ruthless.

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