Monster Cabinet

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Project by thedude50 posted 01-15-2013 03:20 AM 1324 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the largest single cabinet I have ever made. I also hope to never make another one in this same vein. The customer wanted a walnut finish and birch plywood I also used alder for all the hard wood. The doors are made with the Jesada door bit set they turned out great. The router bits preformed very well I could not be happier. The cabinet is 90 inches wide by 48 inches tall and is 30 inches deep. I used 3/4 birch ply for the shelves and the sides then I used a 1/2 inch birch ply for the back I used a water base stain that we applied by HVLP I don’t see a real advantage to spraying this finish on as you have to wipe it off with a rag to get the color your looking for. After the stain had dried for a few days in this bad weather I then got a nice sunny day and we rolled it out for 6 coats of shellac I chose clear for this as I didn’t want to darken the wood any more than the stain had already.

The case construction was straight forward I used no 20 biscuits to join the sides to the top and bottom and the shelves are in 3/8 dadoes. My recommendation if your faced with a cabinet this large would be to go modular the reason i went this way was because I was worried about weight on the wall the cabinet is mounted to. The customer gave me an A for the appearance and the quality of the work so that’s all a guy can ask for.

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Dan Krager

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#1 posted 01-15-2013 03:27 AM

Those are big. Brings back memories. What are they going to store in there, pottery? The wall should hold just fine, it’s the screws I worry about every time. Looks nice, Man.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL There are three types of people...those who are good at math and those who aren't.

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#2 posted 01-15-2013 03:28 AM

I used 40 3 inch screws

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#3 posted 01-15-2013 05:02 AM

Nice one!!............Jim

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#4 posted 01-15-2013 05:35 AM

COOL cabinet, Lance!
Reminds me of a large cabinet I saw way back on The Woodworking Channel (internet) of one of their shows…

The guy had one just like yours looks… BUT, he used Vertical units on Full Extension slides… various sizes, etc. where he could store everything & anything he wanted and really got Super Efficient usage of and access to his storage Units.

I saw that happening with your Monster cabinet…

... just food for thought…
... if you could make it work, I’m sure you’d like it… IT WAS SO COOL!
Whatever happened to The Woodworking Channel anyway… anyone ever watch that besides me… way back when?

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#5 posted 01-15-2013 05:57 AM

Nice job lance I hope this project didn’t mess up your back. Forget the wall its going on, worry about the craftsman that created it. Lol have a good day in the shop man.

-- 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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#6 posted 01-15-2013 06:30 AM

thanks Aaron

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#7 posted 01-15-2013 09:18 AM

Nice work Lance, I like the color.

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#8 posted 01-15-2013 09:46 AM

thanks Richard its walnut. I don’t recall the brand but I think it was general water based. I thinned it 50/50 with water covered very took almost 2 gallons thinned to do the job. Then it took 3 gallons of shellac thinned 50/50 with alcohol.

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#9 posted 01-15-2013 11:50 AM

Very nice work. Looks like great construction.

Side note to your customer. I see a fire sprinkler head near the cabinet. I may be to close for code.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 01-15-2013 03:09 PM

We did a big case like that once. Used a 3/4” back set in a shallow dado with 3 spreader/ nailer strips behind it. That gave us 1 1/2” of wood to keep any screws from pulling through.
Looks nice!

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#11 posted 01-15-2013 03:53 PM


-- Joel

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#12 posted 01-15-2013 05:21 PM

Montie sprinklers are a luxury in offices in Californian there is no clearance code in this type of building

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#13 posted 01-16-2013 01:03 AM

great looking cabinet!

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#14 posted 01-16-2013 02:44 PM

Nice work Lance. They are huge.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#15 posted 01-16-2013 05:47 PM

That’s a very nice cabinet. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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