Nursery Cabinet - Finally Done ... Not?

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Project by NewPickeringWdWrkr posted 07-28-2010 05:37 AM 1676 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made from Birch veneer plywood, solid birch and pine (secondary). This is the first project I started working on ever.

What I learned is that cabinets are a lot more involved and if you don’t plan properly, you will run into all sorts of problems. You can read my rant on my blog if interested (from July 5).

Pic #1 is the finished product. The pine boxes within the upper right shelves are my first attempt at drawers that I had to give up on using. My wife however saw that they could still be used and wouldn’t let me smash them.

Pic #2 is of the 2nd set of drawers. 1/2” pine with solid bottoms.

Pic #3 is the carcass assembled before moving it into the closet. The opening of the closet was narrower than the back where the cabinet resides and I ended up scraping the corner. Need to do some plaster repair and repaint the corner now.

It’s done, but enhancement projects will rear their head in the future. For now, I’m calling this one DONE!

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#1 posted 07-28-2010 05:54 AM

Forgot to mention I stained everything with a Sherwin Williams honey tone to match the crib and change table which were gifts from my sister-in-law

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#2 posted 07-28-2010 06:13 AM

It looks good and offers a lot of hanging space.

Good job!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#3 posted 07-28-2010 02:29 PM

Great job, looks good!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 07-28-2010 02:35 PM

Looks good Mike. Well done on your first project. Sounds like you are like me…. Jump in and later wonder “What the hell was I thinking”…. I laugh, but I am there right now… Ha! Ha!

I’m impressed you went with the solid bottom drawers as a first shot as well. I just read an article in FWW about them and they seem a good bit more involved than the standard ply bottom. Looks to me you did good on the attempt. Don’t be so hard on yourself. To me that is no easy feat….

Look forward to seeing more mike….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#5 posted 07-28-2010 02:42 PM

Thanks all.
@Dan – Actually, the solid bottoms were fairly easy. Being they were pine made them light and easy to shape. 3 boards in panel glue up, cut to size, then hand plane the 3 edges. In this case, the chamfer is 1.5” wide and the edge was planed down to 5/32”. The contact point where the bottom sits in the groove is 1/4”. Just make sure you either leave a gap in the front (within the groove) or elongate your screw hole to allow for wood expansion.

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#6 posted 07-28-2010 02:46 PM

lol… Like I said Mike. That is more involved than cutting a piece of ply to fit and let it go….lol

You did good sir…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 07-28-2010 02:55 PM

Nice job Mike. For a first project that’s pretty ambitious and turned out really nice.

Don’t you love how houses appear square…but really aren’t? A buddy of mine says that houses are built by carpenters where ‘close enough’ gets you a house in a few months….not woodworkers, who would make it dead square but it would take years to complete.

-- Ian - Life's a game, if you don't play, you can't win.

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