Oak Liquor Cabinet

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Project by FrankyFiveAces posted 12-01-2011 08:15 AM 4600 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A liquor cabinet I built to house my second most valuable possessions (the most valuable being my tools). I got tired of reaching over the sink every time I wanted a “beaker full of the warm south,” and I needed something to keep me occupied at my in-laws’ house while I was on leave. It is red oak with shaker maple stain by General Finishes with a semigloss oil based poly. The biggest challenge proved to be the curved doors and face frame, but some creative jigging, clamping, and routing over a template with a flush trim bit solved my problems. The doors were originally intended to be plexiglass (4th pic), but they proved to be too weak and met with some objections from the spousal unit. The oak plywood panels in the frame and panel doors proved more durable and attractive. I discovered the budget cutting technique of using poplar for the dovetailed drawers and attaching an oak faceplate to the front. Brass knobs and no mortise hinges finished it off nicely. I added a lock as a last minute bit of flair. I don’t think the lock will keep anyone out, but it was more of a spiritual addition; it is a liquor cabinet after all. Some history on the project: I started it on leave at my in-laws house, then put it on hold (4th pic) to go on deployment. I came home to meet my 3 month old daughter, set up a new workshop in a new house and finish off the cabinet. Thanks for looking.

-- "Never give a sucker an even break." -W.C. Fields

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#1 posted 12-01-2011 09:49 AM

Well Done! Nice useful hiding place for you Mcallen 12yo. Thanks for sharing. Note: Cutting the finish 50/50 with thinner or spirits will smooth it out and soften the finish.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#2 posted 12-02-2011 12:30 AM

looks like a real nice job. Have you ever tryed a wipe on satin poly finnish on danish oil. that has to be my fav.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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#3 posted 12-02-2011 02:37 AM

Love the irish whiskey

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