Cherry Hanging Cabinet

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Project by gpeau posted 03-01-2012 01:53 AM 1741 views 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a hanging wall cabinet built from a single board of 1.5” thick cherry and a single maple board. I designed the case around the doors with the hopes that the contrast between heart and sap wood would be a bit more dramatic. I bookmatched each door with the sap wood meeting close to the door knobs, but the finish seemed to dull the contrast. I’m wondering over time if it will become more pronounced. But…I’m really happy with how everything else turned out!

Hand cut dovetails for the case and drawers. I wanted vertical grain for the backing, so ripped the side 3” maple board with vertical grain into 1/4” boards and joined 6 in total to create the backing. I found a great document on from a student at the College of the Redwoods showing how to build a basic jig using wedges. Really simple and worked like a charm.

The back has a french cleat, but I didn’t want to take pics in the bathroom where it will end up since the wall is painted blue per my wife’s decision and I feel the white(ish) walls make a better contrast. Fortunately I think the cabinet will last longer than the sky blue bathroom wall paint!

The cherry has a sealcoat and then cherry danish oil. The maple is water based poly. This was the first project I built that I finished before clamping… a smart choice!

Thanks for looking & reading!

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#1 posted 03-01-2012 05:35 AM

Great looking cabinet.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 03-01-2012 08:54 AM

Very nice looking project. love the dovetail drawers. Skills!

-- 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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#3 posted 03-02-2012 02:17 AM

Very nice job. Love anything cherry. Beautiful dovetails. Thanks for sharing.

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