Mistake, utilized as screw cabinet

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Project by steve anderson posted 05-09-2008 05:39 PM 2792 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started to make a Apothicary Cabinet, to store small objects (junk) in my computer, lunch, tv-viewing room.

Made a error in making drawer parts (25 sets). Turned project into a workshop screw cabinet

May 11, 2008 the second photo is a finished (2nd) project of the Apothecary Chest.

-- ninefingers chester county, pa

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#1 posted 05-09-2008 06:03 PM


This is a nice re-purposing of a project. You could have simply scrapped the piece when you realized that things weren’t going according to the plan but instead you created a nice storage cabinet.

Well done.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 05-09-2008 06:26 PM

Great idea! Like my signeture says “there is no such thing as a mistake…just a design modification”

Thanks for the post


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#3 posted 05-09-2008 06:55 PM

That is beautiful …....yes Is it Walnut ???Sometimes i make mistakes on purpose ….lol If you have anymore mistakes like that ..that are just too ugly to put in your shop let me know ….


-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#4 posted 05-09-2008 07:02 PM

Well, Steve, that’s a nice high end screw cabinet. If you don’t have one yet, you’ll need to design and build a high end work bench out of some nice woods to go with it.

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#5 posted 05-09-2008 07:12 PM

Nice Save!!... I’m not sure that anyone can ever have enough organized storage. Great job, thanks for the post!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#6 posted 05-09-2008 07:26 PM

What was the mistake? Undersized drawers?

You could wrap them with a decorative bead to salvage maybe?

Or just keep your fine looking screw holder!

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#7 posted 05-09-2008 07:56 PM

I routed the dado’s and rabets on the wrong parts, reversed rabets on sides to the front. then the drawers were to small for the spaces provided in the apoth. chest.

Wood came from my mothers house in Clementon N.J., sawed and dryed by my Lockheed Martin friend (Phil Tischler) in Downingtown,PA!

-- ninefingers chester county, pa

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#8 posted 05-10-2008 12:49 PM

It was not a mistake just a re-do. A multi purpose watchacallit. LOL mike

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#9 posted 05-10-2008 01:35 PM

cool idea to use the piece anyway.

-- JJohn

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#10 posted 05-10-2008 02:58 PM

Steve, I agree with the above comments, “No mistake”. Attaching bead, or even (1/8 inch) 1/4 round to the drawer faces can hide gaps. Ill fitting drawers can be corrected by “shimming the undersides with a strip of Iron on moulding. The exposed plys of the cabinet can be trimmed out with iron on moulding also, then stained to match or left plain as a contrast. If anything, you made a excellent mock up of a apothecary cabinet. And a re-purposing into a screws cabinet, shows that you see purpose in your “mistakes”. I like your cabinet for either “Purpose”.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#11 posted 05-11-2008 05:42 AM

Steve, That is one nice screw cabinet. I have been looking at an apothicary style desk for my new office.
I grew up around that area, before Clementon Park had a water park and thrill rides.

I am guessing your mom had one of the older houses in the Clementon, Cause I know the newer stuff up there is not using wood like that.

Oh by the way, Welcome aboard!


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#12 posted 05-11-2008 05:55 AM

Nice “Screw” up there Steve. It’s still a nice piece no matter what…

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#13 posted 05-12-2008 08:52 PM

Pretty nice for a mistake. At least your screws have a good looking home in your shop.

Pretty ironic too that the guy who dried the wood was named “Tischler”. In Germany a tischler is a cabinet maker.

-- Chuck Bender, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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#14 posted 05-13-2008 02:17 AM

Puts my plastic screw bins to shame. Looks like you got it figured out for the 2nd run. Both should serve you well.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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