Record Cabinet - wedding gift

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Project by Rick posted 09-29-2010 06:41 PM 8884 views 14 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a record cabinet I made for my best friend and his wife Allison. She had come to me 2 years ago with the desire to have me make a cabinet like this, which she had been dreaming about for some time. Some how the project fell through and I didn’t make it. So I decided to surprise them with it for their wedding.

It turned out that the best time to present it was at their rehearsal dinner. So I placed it in the restaurant with a table cloth covering it. When the time was right I pulled the cloth off to reveal their gift. Allison let out a deep gurgling sound of appreciation, if you can imagine it, and dropped to her knees. Apparently I hit the mark and it felt amazing.

Here are 68 more photos of the construction and presentation:
Wedding Present

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#1 posted 09-29-2010 06:54 PM

Great Job Rick!! I really like the design and woods you used … I can see in the picture she was very happy with your gift and she should be it turned out great!!!!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#2 posted 09-29-2010 06:56 PM

Very nice cabinet. I like the grain flow.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#3 posted 09-29-2010 07:02 PM

That’s real nice and I’m sure she will appreciate it and think of you every time she uses it.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 09-29-2010 07:10 PM

Nice job on the cabinet.

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#5 posted 09-29-2010 07:14 PM

very nice..everything looks sweet as ever.
were the dovetails hand cut?

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#6 posted 09-29-2010 07:25 PM

Very cool…very 50’s!

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

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#7 posted 09-29-2010 07:32 PM

yup that was perfect timing all right LOL great job

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#8 posted 09-29-2010 07:35 PM

Wow, there is nothing better than building something that is REALLY appreciated. Very nice cabinet too. What a great wedding gift, that’ll be at the top of the “grab in a fire” list for the rest of her life

Well done sir

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#9 posted 09-29-2010 08:03 PM

love the midcentury modern look – and that wood looks almost like mahogany, but that could be the lighting in the pics. anyway, very nice job – the simplicity of the design highlights the nice wood and craftsmanship. also, i understand what you mean about the thin lumber, but i think the end result looks nice, and it’s solid wood so it’s probably quite strong. with 3/4” stock we probably tend to overbuild stuff :-)

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#10 posted 09-29-2010 08:19 PM

Nice design and finish. Great looking project.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#11 posted 09-29-2010 08:23 PM

Great cabinet and timing! I like the retro look too.
The grain and joinery are quite eye catching.
Keep up the good work!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#12 posted 09-29-2010 08:26 PM

Thanks for the compliments everyone. I really appreciate it. dub560 – The dovetails were cut on my Routerboss. It can hold up to 42” panel to allow me to cut the dovetails. I have posted a review of this machine. DaytonB – You’re so right. Their reaction and appreciation for the cabinet was an amazing gift in itself. Worth all the hours. AaronK – Thank for the great compliments. Different lighting can really change the way this piece looks. I was worried the 3/8” would look too thin but that ended up not being the case. I was pleasantly surprised. And the dividers inside help stiffen it all up anyway.

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#13 posted 09-29-2010 08:37 PM

thanks enjoy the loving that comes with a good gift

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#14 posted 09-29-2010 08:39 PM

Very retro indeed. Fabulous job and a lot of thoughtfulness. The bride sure looks happy.


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#15 posted 09-29-2010 08:54 PM

Beautiful work Rick.
I love the style, it’s modern retro I think.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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