MSI custom front counter with display case

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Project by 559dustdesigns posted 03-27-2012 05:18 AM 3312 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed and built this front counter which is a commissioned project. This counter is to be used as a parts counter at a local electrical supply warehouse. The customer wanted to replace an old counter with a new counter which also has an integrated display case. The case will soon be filled with folding knives and other specialty electrical tools The top has two tempered panes of glass recessed in a rabbeted frame. I used red oak Lumber planed to 3/4” stock. The panels are 1/4” single sided red oak veneer plywood. The customer requested the display case be White inside so I tried using 3/4” Melamine for most of the interior structure all edged with more 3/4” oak. The Melamine turned out well for my first Melamine project. You will notice the cabinet is shorter on one end, this was done so that it fits under an existing counter that runs along the wall. I used dado joints, lots of biscuits and a couple pocket screws to construct the counter. When it came time for the finish I first used Minwax Prestain Conditioner followed by Minmax Polyshades Antique Walnut.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#1 posted 03-27-2012 07:44 AM

Found one more picture. Here you see the counter with its sign installed. This is the logo for the electrical supply. The sign was custom cut by Pro Lite Signs on a 3 axis CNC router.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#2 posted 03-27-2012 09:06 AM

Nice work, very clean and effective. Not sure I would have picked Blue for the color of the sign with oak. But its the customers choice. Great work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 03-27-2012 10:12 AM

Quite a project. I’m sure it will draw attention in their storefront.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#4 posted 03-27-2012 11:44 AM

Very nice Aaron… turned out great.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#5 posted 03-27-2012 02:17 PM

Beautiful !!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#6 posted 03-27-2012 06:31 PM

That is Beautiful! Great job! Nice use of different joinery. I hope you were paid handsomely for it. that is show room ready!

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