Jennifer's Cupboard

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Project by lobro4 posted 06-02-2011 10:06 PM 1658 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have not posted a project in some time but I have not been away from the shop. Completed a couple of little things and a honey-do. Here is my latest “big” build. My niece had been longing for a china cupboard. After months of disappointing trips to furniture stores, she took it on her own to look for some plans. The short version of the story is that the request for a build eventually came to me. This cabinet is a mixing of plans that are available for purchase from Wood Magazine website store and Plans Now. The doors slide in tracks featured in the (free plan) sliding door cabinet on ( ) . Construction from red oak. Thanks to a Craig’s List find, I was able to find some red oak lumber at a cost that made it the same as using 3/4” ply. No brainer! Beautiful pink to red wood with lots of grain character and 13/32” thick. It involved a fair number of glue ups but hey…. a solid wood cabinet was the result. I used dowels, Titebond II and pipe clamps. The top and bottom are two separate units. The cases were put together with dovetail joinery using a Leigh Jig and router. The doors are assembled with half-lap joinery. The crown is 4 separately shaped pieces assembled per the plans. Sanded to 150 grit throughout. The back is 1/4” oak ply. The wood is all stained with Minwax Dark Walnut. Topcoat is sprayed post-cat lacquer wonderfully done by a decorating shop I have used on multiple projects. A local glass shop did a great job of gluing/caulking the tempered glass into the door frames. No rattles at all. Built in my spare time over the course of 3 cold winter months here in Kansas. (The thumb versus saw blade injury could have been worse but it healed about the same time I finished the cabinet. Whew!)
I like to think I have created an heirloom for my niece. May she use it for many years!

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#1 posted 06-02-2011 10:12 PM

Did you use hardware for the sliding doors? If so what did you use?

-- Matthew, Columbia - South Carolina ----- Jesus was a carpenter...

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#2 posted 06-02-2011 10:17 PM

The only “hardware” is the cup pulls. Otherwise, the doors slide in grooves that I lubricated with a bit of graphite.
The plans are here

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#3 posted 06-02-2011 11:10 PM

Beautiful work. I am sure your niece is very proud and excited.

-- Scott in Texas

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#4 posted 06-03-2011 03:01 PM

Beautiful cupboard.

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#5 posted 06-05-2011 07:17 AM

Really well done . Your version is best , right down to the finish !

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#6 posted 06-05-2011 02:13 PM

This is a nice looking piece of furniture and you did a good job on it.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 06-22-2011 06:49 PM

Uncle Paul strikes again. Definitely a fine piece of furniture. With him around, who needs a furniture store. Thanks, bro.

-- Deacon Tom--Talk to the wood, it won't argue!

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