Cabinet for Neighbor

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Project by johngoes posted 12-07-2010 06:27 AM 1916 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Next door neighbor, elderly lady, asked if I could build a cabinet for her office. This was the result. I didn’t ask enough but enjoyed the work.

Carcase 3/4” oak ply, Top, face frame, doors rails & styles, 4/4 rift-sawn oak. Door panels, 1/2” red oak – first raised panels came out decently.

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!

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#1 posted 12-07-2010 07:03 AM

This is a really nice piece of furniture. Your neighbour is a lucky lady. Even though you don’t think you charged enough, I’m sure the payback will come in so many other ways. Is she good at baking cookies?

-- Rob, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada,

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#2 posted 12-07-2010 08:36 AM

I want to thank one of the LumberJocks … for almost making me think twice about doing nothing more than paying a sincere compliment.

Almost ;-)

Very nice build. She’s now the owner of a lifetime piece. I hope she appreciates the work that went into it. I know I do :-)

-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 12-07-2010 11:53 AM

Beautiful piece of cabinetry work John. Elderly people seem to really appreciate quality more, perhaps because they remember when most things were built this way. I’m sure the smile on her face made up for the lacking in compensation. Great job.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#4 posted 12-07-2010 12:06 PM

That is a nice cabinet John.. I am sure she is very happy with it, and not just because it may have been inexpensive .. but due to the quality of the work, and the good gesture from a neighbour.
Good job on all points.


-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#5 posted 12-07-2010 12:26 PM

Great work and the grain orientation on the doors are perfect. I like the way it continues through the rails & stiles. One to be proud of no doubt!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 12-07-2010 01:47 PM

Beautiful work John. After the lady pass’s on I’m sure it will go to one of her loved ones, and on down from there. I hope you put your name and year on it somewhere, so people can see how old it is.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#7 posted 12-07-2010 02:21 PM

Wow! Thanks for the great comments! I had a lot of fun building it. Yesterday, to estimate how long it took to build, I listed every significant step I took to build it – took 1 and 1/2 pages to list it, with some lines squeezed between others. It took between 32 and 36 hours to build. (Not counting the time I stood around scratching my head and puzzling how to do things like reinforce the base board, etc)

I signed and dated under the bottom – with Austin TX location too.

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!

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#8 posted 12-07-2010 06:09 PM

Awe man, I thought I was the only one that stood in his shop scratching his head trying to figure things out! LOL Somedays I wonder if I could even make a crooked stick. :>)

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 12-07-2010 07:38 PM

Really well done your thought and care shows through. you should be proud of this piece. I always underestimate my neighbor jobs, but I always get paid back in other ways. And signing the piece and dating it makes it even more special.

-- Change begins somewhere may as well be with me.

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#10 posted 04-10-2012 12:19 PM

I like this a lot! nice job


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#11 posted 05-05-2018 12:10 PM

This is a beautiful cabinet and so nicely done. Congratulations!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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