Cedar Storage Cabinet - A Sad Story

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Project by DaveTPilot posted 03-06-2011 07:02 PM 4499 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This cabinet was to serve as a companion to the Cedar Plant Stand I posted some time ago. It is designed to conceal bags of planting soil underneath and provide an additional shelf for potted plants on top.

With the exception of the knobs, it is made from 100% untreated cedar. I used brass hinges for the doors, which are held closed by 3mm rare earth magnets glued into holes I drilled with a forstner bit.

The customers wanted the cabinet to fit into an asymmetric corner. It measures 23 1/2” x 20 1/2” x 36”. They wanted to see the end of the slats from both directions and have them meet at the bisecting line. Because the top is a rectangle and not a square, it was a bit of a challenge to line up the slats.

They don’t meet at a 45° angle so I used Sketchup to quickly figure out the angles. The long slats are cut at 41° and the shorter slats at 49°. Because of the angle difference, the slats had to be cut at different widths. The long slats are 2” and the shorter slats are 2 5/16”. Again, Sketchup made short work of figuring that out.

I titled this post Cedar Storage Cabinet – A Sad Story and stated at the beginning that this cabinet was to serve as a companion…

...and now the rest of the story.

One of the customers also employees me as his corporate pilot. My friend, also a pilot, contracts with us on a part time basis. He also contracts with the customers as a handyman. He was commissioned to build the plant stand and storage cabinet but lacking the tools and the woodworking knowledge, asked for my assistance. My boss is a very generous man and treats me very well in my job. I was more than happy to offer my services, gratis, for my boss and to help my friend.

We finished the cabinet, took pictures and loaded it into his pickup truck for delivery. Ten minutes after he pulled out of my driveway, my phone rang. The tie downs were not strong enough to keep the cabinet in the back of the truck traveling at 70 mph!

One of the doors, miraculously, detached at the hinges and remained in the truck. The rest of the cabinet became a pile of splintered cedar and shattered craftsmanship. My heart sunk at the news. I felt sick and saddened but in the grand scheme of things, it was just an object. I can build another one.

I thank God that no one was injured as cars swerved to avoid the wreckage that represented several days in the shop.

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette

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#1 posted 03-06-2011 07:37 PM

That’s neat, thanks for sharing.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 03-06-2011 08:20 PM

sorry this happend but as you say you can build another one
i am just glad nobody got injured !

god bless

-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 03-06-2011 10:49 PM

Not much consolation, but at least you have the pictures of your excellent work.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#4 posted 03-06-2011 11:37 PM

Don’t look on it as a disaster, but as a chance to spend some more time in the shop with a good friend. As I said in a comment on another project here today, by far the most important thing made here on LJ is friendships!

“Per ardua ad astra” (by work to the stars. motto of the RCAF)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#5 posted 03-07-2011 08:41 AM

Think how much better the next one will be. My do overs usually are…....

-- mike...............

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