Step-Back Cabinet

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Project by JustAGirl posted 05-23-2011 05:08 AM 3135 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a 6’ wide by 7’ high primitive style step-back cabinet that I made from 80 year old reclaimed pine.

-- Just A Girl

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#1 posted 05-23-2011 05:14 AM

Very nicely done…not just a girl but a very talented girl. Congratulations

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#2 posted 05-23-2011 05:30 AM

Very nice, a good job. What was the pine used for before you made this? Many of my projects are reclaimed wood too, but the last one didn’t look nowhere near this good.
BTW welcome to Lumberjocks too.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#3 posted 05-23-2011 06:21 AM

Thank you! The wood came from an 80 year old family hardware store that closed down on main street in my hometown. They had an auction and this wood was actually all the shelving they had in the upstairs that held their inventory. My husband and I spent 3 days tearing the shelving apart and pulling nails. It was well worth it though. The wood was beautiful.

-- Just A Girl

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#4 posted 05-23-2011 10:23 AM

I love using “found wood”. I would say you have found a good use for the old shelving. You are very good woodworker…I can see the love you put into your work.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#5 posted 05-23-2011 02:13 PM

Great job!! Love things made from reclaimed material.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 05-23-2011 03:43 PM

Thank you for the comments! I have to admit…I’m pretty proud of this one. This was my biggest project to date. It was custom made for the wife of a co-worker. When they first talked with me about making it, they asked if it was too big of a project for me since I’m only 5’2” and 125 pounds. I just laughed and told them not to underestimate my size. My husband is my muscle and helped me move it around when necessary.
My co-worker shows pics to everyone at work saying “Can you believe that little girl made this?” I just laugh!

-- Just A Girl

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#7 posted 05-23-2011 04:54 PM

Very nice project!

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#8 posted 05-23-2011 10:38 PM

Thanks for sharing your woodworking projects here !
Best wishes .

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#9 posted 05-23-2011 10:48 PM

Just A Girl,

And what a girl! Excellent design and workmanship (or should that be workgirlship???).

Like the reuse of heritage materials and using it to make what is clearly a classic piece is very fitting.

Welcome to LumberJocks!

Keep up the excellent work.

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#10 posted 07-31-2011 01:04 PM

I echo many of the comments made. My goodness, this is beautiful. As I read your sad story of yet another small town private business going under… I have to ask you, have you shown the original owners what you made of their reclaimed wood? Once simple shelving, now this detailed cabinet. That would have been a neat story; photos of them, the old store, and in the end, an introduction of them to the new owner of this magnificent piece.

-- Harold

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#11 posted 07-31-2011 05:21 PM

Harold, unfortunately, the owners of the old hardware store are long gone (moved). I made sure that the owners of the new cabinet are aware of the heritage of the wood. They say it makes the cabinet that much more special to them. They chose to paint the cabinet and although it looks good with the iron hardware, I think I would have left it natural.

-- Just A Girl

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#12 posted 07-31-2011 05:39 PM

JustAGirl: Congradulations on an outstanding project, you obviously did well.
Now for the downside…it’s certainly too bad the owners chose to paint it. While the cabinet still looks nice being painted it’s a shame that such beautiful wood is covered up again.
I went thru the same thing with a wall unit I build for my wife. My intent was stain…hers was paint. Guess who won.
Again, fine craftswomanship.

-- Life is good.

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#13 posted 07-31-2011 09:15 PM

Just a Gal (JAG for short) I read your comment in my email before coming to the site to check it out. I was afraid of the “damage” that may have been do by painting it, but I’m surprisingly impressed – I think it looks great. The hardware realy poops off the white, and your hard work still looks beautiful.

Thanks too for the update on the shop keepers. Atleast the new owners know and appreciate its heritage.

-- Harold

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