Walnut sewing cabinet

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Project by AstroGuy posted 12-30-2010 05:29 AM 7933 views 21 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a sewing cabinet that I constructed for my mom, who is an avid and accomplished quilter. It has the usual lift mechanism found in these cabinets to allow the sewing machine to sit at different heights for different operations. The top insert is custom fit to her particular sewing machine and is removable. The doors hold up the side tables and are held in place with magnetic catches.

The general casework is made from walnut veneer plywood and the top and side tables are constructed from solid wood to get a more attractive grain pattern. Unfortunately, the boards were not long enough to allow the grain to flow across the entire piece. Therefore, I focused the nicest boards onto the central table.

The drawers went through too many iterations to count. Originally, they were constructed with wooden runners but I just couldn’t get them to function smoothly enough. Dust frames would have worked better but by that point I was committed. I ultimately scrapped that idea and went with metal runners. The drawer boxes are constructed of solid wood with pine as a secondary wood. Joinery is Isoloc using the Leigh jig.

The finish is lacquer and then buffed out wax.

-- Richard

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#1 posted 12-30-2010 06:10 AM


Your mother has to be thrilled. The design is very functional and the walnut grain-matching is extremely well done. Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#2 posted 12-30-2010 06:58 AM

I bet your mom will make some quality quilts on that bad boy! Thanks for sharing!

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#3 posted 12-30-2010 08:22 AM

I really like the grain flow, you did a great job on that.

lt looks terrific.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#4 posted 12-30-2010 11:52 AM

Bet your mother love her favorite son :D

Wery well done. How many hours did you use ?

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#5 posted 12-30-2010 02:32 PM

You are now the moast favored son! Nice work. That walnut is truly something to behold. Where did you get the plan?
Anyways thanks for sharing your work with us.

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#6 posted 12-30-2010 03:23 PM

Beautiful!! Just showed this to my wife, guess what was added to my project list? Is this your design or did you purchase plans, if so from where?

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#7 posted 12-30-2010 05:24 PM

Thanks you bum now my wife is never going to leave me alone :) Great job!

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#8 posted 12-30-2010 10:41 PM

Great work! Ths color is perfect! Great to make something nice for mom!

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

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#9 posted 12-31-2010 01:47 AM

Wonderful project. I’ve got to make something similar for my wife, and you’ve given me a ton of ideas. Nice!

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#10 posted 12-31-2010 02:16 AM

Thanks for the comments, everyone. The original plan was purchased at Rockler, although I rather extensively modified it to customize it for her space. Not sure how many hours it was. I finished it in spurts and starts. Could have probably made it in a couple of weeks of consistent effort but it dragged out for many months due to procrastination….

-- Richard

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#11 posted 12-31-2010 05:30 AM

That is absolutely beautiful. The wife has been after me to build her one and I think I just ran out of excuses. Thanks for sharing.

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood, only smaller projects.

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#12 posted 12-31-2010 06:24 AM

Boy, you did an incredible job with that !!!

-- -- Neil

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