|Project by Froggy||posted 02-12-2011 12:36 PM||3458 views||17 times favorited||11 comments|
This was a gift for my wife’s birthday last year. The main idea of an overall case design and angled doors was taken from the larger and more complex jewelry cabinet plan in Woodsmith #106. The cabinet is made of a red cedar and oak plywood. I know, not the best choice of wood for this kind of project, but I loved the grain of one cedar board I came across in a store, and that was it—I just knew I had to do something nice from it. BTW, this is a rare case when the unfinished wood actually looked better—the beautiful silky texture was pretty much lost after finishing the cabinet with poly. One other thing that I love about the unfinished cedar is the smell – it smells sooo darn good! I actually collected some shavings from planing the boards, and put them in closets and drawers… :)
This cabinet was made mostly using hand tools. I only did edge profiles on a router table, and sanded flat boards with the orbital sander (I HATE sanding). Everything else was done with japanese saws, a couple of hand planes, chisels and sanding foam blocks.
Brass hardware and self-adhesive felt are from Lee Valley. I made ring inserts in a drawer using some kind of dense packaging foam cut into strips, with felt wrapped around them. The finish is 3 coats of Minwax spray poly. Some people say this cabinet looks bigger on the photos than it actually is—it is just over 14” high.