Spool Cabinet

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Project by SnowyRiver posted 01-02-2011 03:13 AM 4280 views 12 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this spool cabinet for a Christmas gift this year for my girlfriend. She is an avid quilter. It will hold 100 regular spools or 50 large spools. I decided to leave an open shelf at the bottom for larger spools and other goods. The cabinet is made from white oak, stained with an oil stain, and three coats of polyurenthane. It hangs on the wall with a french cleat.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#1 posted 01-02-2011 03:24 AM

Nice work Wayne.

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#2 posted 01-02-2011 03:42 AM

My, Oh my, how timely, my wife needs to store over a hundred spools ;-) Nice job.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 01-02-2011 03:46 AM

Very nice. You did a beautiful job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 01-02-2011 02:44 PM

Thats a weel build cabinet. The henges and is almost invisble because the fit perfekt to your design.

White oak is my favorit and love too see it used the right way.

Wery well done :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#5 posted 01-02-2011 02:51 PM

Nice design. You’ve given me some good ideas for one for my wife.

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#6 posted 01-02-2011 02:52 PM

You did a great job on the spool cabinet; it’s beautiful.

-- 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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#7 posted 01-02-2011 02:56 PM

great job there ,looking real good

take care

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#8 posted 01-02-2011 04:09 PM

Looks great Wayne. I really like the arched doors

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#9 posted 01-03-2011 02:55 AM

Nice cabinet Wayne, Iv been meaning to build my wife something similar. She’s also a avid quilter but she also has an addiction to thread, she has well over 400 spools and counting. It might be easier to just buy her one of those 6’ high cabinets for automotive tools! We have an agreement she buys thread and fabric and I buy tools, makes for as great marriage. Keep making her nice stuff for her sewing room and she won’t complain about that new set of chisels!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#10 posted 01-03-2011 02:59 AM

That’s a really nice cabinet design Wayne I like the arched doors & the design would adapt to anything good proportions
Thanks for showing us

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#11 posted 01-03-2011 03:57 PM

Very nice peice. The different colors of thread make it look like a work of art! Nice gift.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#12 posted 02-05-2011 11:39 PM

Wayne, I really like this spool cabinet. My younger sister has asked for one for her embroidery spools. You’ve given me a better idea than what she described and showed me at Joanne’s Fabric store. Thanks.

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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#13 posted 02-13-2011 11:26 PM

What a great piece and such a great idea, well done.

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#14 posted 04-11-2011 09:52 AM

Hey SnowyRiver, this is Jeff’s wife, and I am an avid sewer and quilter, and I LOVE this spool cabinet!!!!!! Awesome job!!!! I’m not an avid wood person though, so this may sound like a dumb question, but what is a french cleat?

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#15 posted 04-11-2011 03:03 PM

Thanks for the nice comments. A french cleat is simply about a 4 inch wide board that is attached to the back of the cabinet that has been ripped at a 45 degree angle. Half of the board is attached to the wall and the other half is attached to the cabinet. You can then just hang the cabinet on the wall. They work nice since you dont have to unscrew anything to lift it off the wall. With the spool cabinet, I recessed the back of the cabinet from the sides about 3/4 inch (thickness of the cleat) so it doesnt show when hanging on the wall. I have attached a bit of info that might help explain it further. Good luck !!

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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