|Project by bluekingfisher||posted 02-17-2012 07:30 PM||4168 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
I was hoping to say this project didn’t cost me a penny in materials but alas, I had to buy a sheet of oak veneered plywood for the door panels and the back panel.
The oak came came from an old school in Bromley (England) they were tearing down about 12 years ago. Its been gathering dust since then but when we converted our garage into a dining room the sideboard we currently have looks out of place so I thought it an ideal time to use those old oak boards.
The panels were actually the sides of a built in book storage cupboard. The school was built around 1876 so I guess the oak is of the same period. It was fun reading the graffittii on the insides of the boards written by kids probably long gone by now.
The drawers are left over flooring planks from the new dining room and other scraps, bamboo for the boxes (that stuff is hard) and oak for the false fronts.
I originally planned to make raised panels for the doors from reclaimed table tops but when I milled the tops the boards had been joined by splines which showed through when I made teat cuts with the raised panel cutter.
The other mistake I made was not anticipating the extra 3/4” required for the door rails for the overall width of the door. It is the first time I have used cope and stick joinery so I forgave myself the oversight. I got around it by adding beading to the inside of the face frame. I think it actually makes the project more attractive, but that’s just me.
I gave the cabinet 5 coats of oil (still drying) next weekend I’ll apply some paste wax to finish it off .
I had a job lifting it into the house, it weighs a ton. The overall dims are H76” W23” D13 1/2”
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