1st attempt at Oak cabinet

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Project by Alphie posted 01-15-2008 04:52 AM 1543 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This unit was my first cabinet I ever made with solid wood of any kind. As is obvious, it was made with oak. As it progressed, it seemed to be looking O.K., so I saved the raised panel door challenge for another day. This one does not have the raised panel doors, but it does sit in my living room and stores many books. This was also the first time I made any drawers before, so it was quite a learning curve for me. The edge on the top of this project was also very challenging as I do not have a shaper. The router bit I purchased cost $75.00 and when it arrived at my home, it was clear that it was not designed for my router table. I was able to make it work after scratching my head for about an hour and a half, but I thought I’d made a $75.00 mistake! I was also shocked at how much this project weighed when I transferred it from my shop into my house.

-- Tom, Michigan ~ Working with a renewable resource called wood

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#1 posted 01-15-2008 04:54 AM

Great looking cabinet. A very nice job on the completion of it. Oak gets heavy doesn’t it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 01-15-2008 05:03 AM

Beautiful work!

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#3 posted 01-15-2008 05:05 AM

Well done. I like inset doors and drawers the best.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#4 posted 01-15-2008 05:12 AM

Very, very nice!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 01-15-2008 05:14 AM

Excellent job, Alphie. Good job at matching up the grains, too. Very attractive piece.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#6 posted 01-15-2008 05:35 AM

Great job! I like the finish.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 01-15-2008 05:37 AM

Great Work!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#8 posted 01-15-2008 06:01 AM

Alphie, Very nice work! I like the proportions of it. I think the flat panel doors give you cabinet the look of mission style furniture.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#9 posted 01-15-2008 06:50 AM

be proud. you did good. very nice.

-- jerryw-wva.

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#10 posted 01-15-2008 07:17 AM

It turned out really nice Alphie, it is a real beauty and it seems that the you got over the learning curve successfully but being in one piece it really looks like you had a hard time moving it out of the shop.

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#11 posted 01-15-2008 11:58 AM

Nice job on the cabinet. There is a lot of gravity in an oak project this size.

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#12 posted 01-15-2008 01:02 PM

Very nice cabinet. I too found out about the weight of a solid oak cabinet when I made one. A single board didn’t weigh that much, but boy do they add up. I like the flat panels on this type of furniture.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#13 posted 01-15-2008 01:37 PM

You really challenged yourself for a first project.My hats off to you,this is a great looking piece.Shaker style doors are still my favorite style,they have a simple elegance about them.The design is very good.The drawers placed at mid point,break up the verticle lines of the tall doors,adding balance.
Tom,you really did a nice job on this,thanks for sharing.Andy

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#14 posted 01-15-2008 02:21 PM

great looking cabinet ! very nice design

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#15 posted 01-15-2008 02:48 PM

LOL, like Karson says…oak is heavy! Cabinet looks great.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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