Office Cabinet

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Project by Safetyboy posted 02-10-2008 06:24 AM 1225 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an office cabinet I designed and built to fit a specific space in our home office. It holds all our binders, files, and office junk, but keeps it all looking really neat.

Sides and shelves are oak ply, the rest is all red oak. Finish is Minwax Provincial, 5 coats of wipe-on poly, and one coat of paste wax for the feel.

I’m mostly happy with the results – I’d like to get better at picking wood that matches over the whole project, but I guess that just takes practice.

-- -- Kevin in Mentor, Ohio

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#1 posted 02-10-2008 06:26 AM

Looks great. It’s nice when you can build exactly what you want.

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

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#2 posted 02-10-2008 12:07 PM

Great office organizer.

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 02-10-2008 01:33 PM


That is a nice piece of furniture. The finish looks good and the wood selection looks fine to me. There are some subtle differences between the woods but this simply adds detail to the project.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 02-10-2008 03:09 PM

great looking project ! the wood differences are how you can eaisily spot hand made pieces from store bought that is made from particleboard and shrinkwrapped with contact paper . that stuff is very uniform in color and grain . great work

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#5 posted 02-10-2008 03:23 PM

Kevin, great project and it looks great. Like Mr Trim says it is much better than those cheezy store bought cabinets the charge a small fortune for. I say it looks great, nice job.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#6 posted 02-10-2008 04:30 PM

Great looking cabinet!

I’m not one who sweats much over grain matching. Every piece of wood is unique, and that is as it should be.

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

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#7 posted 02-11-2008 08:31 PM

Gee, thanks for the encouragement guys. After looking at some of the stuff you all have made, it makes me feel even better to get some nice comments from folks who’ve made such other beautiful pieces.

-- -- Kevin in Mentor, Ohio

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Bill Butler

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#8 posted 03-03-2008 06:40 AM

Love the look of inset drawer fronts. From the looks of it, you nailed it.

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#9 posted 03-03-2008 07:05 AM

Good job Bill, you did fine.

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#10 posted 12-13-2008 06:43 PM

Nice cabinet.

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