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Dovetailed Cherry Cabinet

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Project by Ed Pirnik posted 12-21-2010 04:45 PM 1926 views 14 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This small wall cabinet was built of cherry and features a turned walnut knob, frame-and-panel door pinned with walnut dowels, and a dovetailed drawer and case.

For a finish, two sealer coats of clear shellac were applied, then lightly sanded. Next, four coats of Minwax antique oil were applied and rubbed out using #0000 steel wool. After one week of curing, clear paste wax was then applied.

The cabinet hangs on a simple French cleat.

-- Ed Pirnik, Fine Woodworking Web Producer





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NBeener

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#1 posted 12-21-2010 04:48 PM

Just beautiful.

One thing about a “relatively simple” design: it highlights every flaw.

And I don’t see any.

Really well done.

Did you hand cut the DTs ?

-- -- Neil

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Ed Pirnik

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#2 posted 12-21-2010 04:51 PM

Thanks Neil.

Yes, they were hand cut. A combination of hand tools and power however.I used a trim router to hog out waste after cutting the lines with a traditional saw, then just cleaned up with my chisels. That has become my preferred method – as opposed to doing everything with a saw and chisels alone.

Cheers!

-Ed

-- Ed Pirnik, Fine Woodworking Web Producer

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#3 posted 12-21-2010 04:53 PM

Very very nice.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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CJay

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#4 posted 12-21-2010 05:32 PM

Very handsome. Simple and beautifully made.

-- Chris Boreham, Oxfordshire, UK - http://www.chrisboreham.co.uk - http://throughwoodeneyes.tumblr.com/

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Chip

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#5 posted 12-21-2010 05:38 PM

Ed this is perfect in so many ways. Clean, classic design. Great proportions. Amazing craftsmanship. What an outstanding piece of woodworking. Love it and a favorite.

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

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#6 posted 12-21-2010 05:50 PM

Ah! Quiet beauty! You let the form and the wood speak for themselves. The contrasting pegs and knob are just enough. Excellent bookmatching too. It truly doesn’t get any better than that.

I like the trim router idea as well – I’m going to have to try that. Do you stop short of the baseline?

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com

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SPalm

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#7 posted 12-21-2010 07:58 PM

Oh my, I really really like this piece.
There are a dozen points I could make in praise.

Thanks for the inspiration,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Ed Pirnik

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#8 posted 12-21-2010 08:20 PM

FYI – to be honest, I cannot take credit for designing the cabinet. It was from an article by Matthew Teague – in case anyone wants to build it. I had some scraps in the shop and decided to build it as a gift for my wife’s aunt and uncle, who just built a new home.

Original article lives here.

-- Ed Pirnik, Fine Woodworking Web Producer

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#9 posted 12-21-2010 08:27 PM

Very Nice! Clean & Crisp. Great looking Dovetails.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#10 posted 12-21-2010 09:49 PM

Beautiful work Ed!

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#11 posted 12-21-2010 10:12 PM

Nice work; Hope you have a spot for it inside somewhere safe!

-- GX

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#12 posted 12-21-2010 10:19 PM

Very nice. Im guessing the door panel is solid wood. How did you “float” it in the frame? Tongue and groove all the way around?

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Ed Pirnik

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#13 posted 12-21-2010 10:22 PM

Zach: Yes, you are correct. The door’s rails and stiles all have a groove cut around the interior perimeter. The panel has a rabbet cut around it’s perimeter and the two then fit together. The rails and stiles are joined with pinned bridle joints – a very easy joint to cut using a tenoning jig you can build yourself.

Cheers,

-Ed

-- Ed Pirnik, Fine Woodworking Web Producer

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#14 posted 12-21-2010 11:13 PM

Exceptional – clean and crisp with an even finish that reflects the light just right.

Well done!

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#15 posted 12-21-2010 11:18 PM

Beautiful work, Ed.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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