Basement Cabinet

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Project by OregonWoodRat posted 05-11-2012 04:14 AM 1671 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first project I have posted on any website. I forgot to take pictures during the building of it. I do have one before picture of the space it was built for.

We bought this house at the end of July 2011. We needed cabinets in almost every room. I did not like seeing boxes and general clutter every time I went down stairs as per picture 4. So I made two cabinets to hide it all. The cabinet on the right(picture5) was made first. It measures 42wx42hx17d. Both are 3/4 inch Maple plywood with Maple trim. The one on the left has a base that is 60wx37hx22d. The upper part is 60wx35hx14d. All finished with Spar Polyurethane. I am not happy with the quality of the finish but I am so busy with projects that since it looked ok I just went with it.
The top of the cabinet has a 3/4 inch lip which helps hide the UPS, DSL modem, router, print server, and network hard drive. Also the top part of the left cabinet is removable from the base.
I did enjoy making this and since I upgraded from working in the driveway at our old home to having a small shop the quality of my work has gone up. Having the right tools and a real work bench helps.

I hope this helps someone else in the design of their cabinet.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#1 posted 05-11-2012 04:00 PM

Looks like a sturdy structure! Clean lines. You will ALWAYS be your own worse critiqe. I have learned that finish is as important as building. Slow down and enjor the journey. LOL!

nice piece!

Thanks for taking time to post it.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 05-11-2012 04:06 PM

Nice work!

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#3 posted 05-11-2012 04:45 PM

Doc, thanks for the comments. Slowing down and just having fun in the shop is one of my goals. With so much to do right now it is hard to find time to enjoy the time I spend in the shop.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#4 posted 05-11-2012 04:55 PM

I know the feeling! Stay in the moment. You’ll screw up less and enjoy it more. I try to take my satisfaction where it is than where I want it to be. Hope that makes sense/ I have a huge to do list that is before my furniture building, so I will be making some storage cabinets for the STUFF on my porch. Will be taking my time and like Charles Neil says “sneek up on it!”

I try to enjoy the de construction as well as the construction?????

Anyway! Gotta go to work. Enjoy the ride.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 05-13-2012 04:22 AM

Great looking piece, finish looks good to me.

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

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#6 posted 05-15-2012 05:55 PM

Nice, love the shelf arrangement on top. Thanks for the comment earlier, slat chairs are quick and easy, built nine in 10 hours. However, I suggest carving seats, sounds overwhelming but it relatively easy and quick. The holey galahad is a wonderful tool for carving, fits a 4 inch angle grinder and moves material fast, fisnishing with random orbit sander grits 40- 60- 80- up to 120. Seats look very elegant, Check out my other project, with carved seats. Finish with 1 coat shellac an 2-3 coats of rustoleum high gloss marine spar varnish. Our set sold for over $2000. Good luck on your chairs

-- Adam, Ridgeway,Va

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