Small wall cabinet

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Project by sawdust55109 posted 02-15-2011 05:50 PM 4570 views 11 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing the video on how to make this cabinet I immediately found a use for one.
Once I got started, it only made sense to make two. It gave me the perfect opportunity to put some miles on my under-utilized vacuum press and FMT.

They are made from Butternut and the door panels are Sapele veneer.
Finish is tung oil and several coats of wipe-on satin poly.
I think it will turn to the perfect color once i cover the panels and give it a week or so in the July sun.

I had forgotten how WW friendly butternut is. It really gave me a boost of confidence when my block plane just glided along like it had found a new best friend. I’ll be using more of this in the future.

Here is a link to the video. Mario Rodriguez makes it look easy and walks you through all the steps.

It’s a really easy cabinet to build and I highly recommend it. The french cleat makes hanging a snap.

Thanks for looking,

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#1 posted 02-15-2011 06:06 PM

nice twins

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#2 posted 02-15-2011 06:13 PM

Great job, I have never attempted Venering and need to take the plunge. Great work on this. I don’t have a Vacuum press yet but as Blondie says once I say, ” I dont have a tool” its a matter of weeks before I get it.
Great job on these.

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

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#3 posted 02-15-2011 06:30 PM

Those cabinets look very nice. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 02-15-2011 06:42 PM

Nice looking cabinets. I’ve used Sapele Veneer on a few projects and just love the way it looks. Your panels look great too. Works well with the Butternut.

-- Matt -

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#5 posted 02-15-2011 08:36 PM

Great job. That veneer certainly qualifies as “eye candy!” Also, works well with butternut. Thank you for sharing

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#6 posted 02-15-2011 08:39 PM

Wow,cool they look super great job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 02-16-2011 02:07 AM

What color are you expecting the Butternut to turn to ?
Your panels look fantastic . Thanks for the video link : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 02-16-2011 02:54 AM

Great looking cabinets! I just might have to make a couple for myself.

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#9 posted 02-16-2011 05:45 AM

Thanks everyone for kind words and encouragement. I think that’s what makes this site special. Trading thoughts, ideas and support makes us all better woodworkers.

Dusty56 – Butternut is very much like cherry in regards to UV. It will turn to an absolutely beautiful reddish-brown when exposed. The cool thing is that it really doesn’t take long.
I learned this from my local cabinet shop. I live in the northern Midwest so we don’t have the best UV conditions until summer. If you live in a friendlier environment, just take a small piece of cherry, or any wood for that matter, and cover half of it with paper and put it in a southern window for a few days. You will be surprised at the difference when you take the paper off. I usually use this technique prior to any project. It gives me an idea to what the project will look like and also lets me know if different woods will match or look right over time.

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#10 posted 02-16-2011 08:30 PM

Now that’s sexy

-- PJM.`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸ ><((((º> ""BY HAMMER AND HAND ALL ARTS DO STAND""1785-1974 nyc Semper Fi, Patrick M

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#11 posted 02-17-2011 05:20 AM

Thanks for the lesson on Butternut : )
I’m quite familiar with the effect on Cherry and a few other woods as well.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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