|Project by Carbide||posted 02-20-2012 04:10 AM||2334 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
Well the title says it all. It is definitely not a simple project. I always wanted a nice corner cabinet but really never had the right “corner” to put one in. Well, I finally bought a house with the right “corner”. I bought this house 3 years ago and gutted the dining room. This is the finished product with the “perfect corner” for the not so simple corner cabinet.
I found the plans for the corner cabinet on woodmagazine.com. I got the issue number and had my dad get me the issue from his old library so I could start building. At first glance it didn’t look very hard at all. But once I got into it, I found that it actually is the most complicated project that I have ever made sawdust with. I followed the plans for the most part but at one point I had to disagree and started building it with my own little twist. Actually if I had followed the plans completely then the cabinet would not have turned out at all. If you decide to tackle this then contact me and I will fill you in on the flaws of the plans. I also didn’t like the plain jane doors that were on the plans so I added my own little twist with the double cathedral raised panels. The center horizontal trim is where the two halves separate. I used my own little scheme to make the trim over lap the bottom half to allow for easier alignment of the two halves once completed. I ended up making my own design of trim for that. The trim splits in two right in the center but is very hard to see. The plans called for crown at the top but I just stacked different profiles of router cuts to give it the same effect.
I built it out of A-1 grade oak plywood from a family owned supplier. (The big box suppliers carry B-2 and C-3 which in my opinion are not suitable for fine furniture) A-1 grade is around $60.00 per sheet but well worth the extra cost. I never have to worry about sanding through the laminate like I do with the lesser grades. The hard wood is rough sawn red oak straight from the saw mill, to the kiln(dried to 6 percent), to my planer. That is where the sawdust began.
To get the perfect 90 degree, 45 degree, and 22.5 degree bevel cuts on my table saw I used the nifty cost worthy angle cube sold by rockler.com. Well worth the money and a definite must for any woodworkers toolbox. The adjustable shelf peg holes were drilled with the shelf jig also sold at rockler.com. A nice guarantee that my shelves were not going to rock. I bought the door pulls from leevalleytools.com and the European-style hinges from the big orange box. Once you try these hinges out you will never go back to the old reliable exposed hinges.
I ended up spending about 100 hours on this project. Which my second one would go a little faster. I invested about $500 in materials. The three glass shelves on the top half were $100 alone. I used Minwax golden oak stain and 3 coats of Minwax wipe on poly.
The perfect corner is now filled with a cabinet that is built to last a lifetime and I can proudly say “I built that”.
-- When it feels like a job, it isn't a hobby anymore.