Corner Cab project - all done!

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Project by Nicky posted 03-15-2007 05:57 AM 2808 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My latest project is a corner cabinet based on plans from a book that I purchased many years ago. I’ve been promising my honey for a while that I would get this done but shop time has been limited due to other obligations. I’ve been pleased with the progress of the project and challenged by the joinery. I’ve given my JessEm slider a real workout, and now wonder “how did I get along without it?”

Primary materials are ash and red oak ply. The lower unit has simple raised panels; the top will have glass insert doors. The face frames are mortise and tenons, with full splines on the 45’ faces. The tops molding is a piece of crown molding from my local Lowes that works well with this piece. I’ve just started fitting the top molding; note to self – you cut crown molding upside-down when using a miter saw.

I should be done with the construction this weekend, and will start the finish. I plan to stain with minwax Golden Oak, followed by 3 or four coats polyurethane.

I’m posting this pic more for learning how to post pictures on this site. I’ll post some pics when it’s done, and filled. I’ve been exploring the site and have seen some awesome work here. I’m looking forward to interacting and learning from this forum and hope that I can share some of my experiences.

-- Nicky

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#1 posted 03-15-2007 06:08 AM

That is going to be a very nice corner cabinet. I am looking forward to seeing the finished product…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 03-15-2007 06:51 AM

It looks great. I will keep an eye out for the finished pictures.

I’ve been on the fence about getting the Jessem slider. It sounds like your real happy with it. I’ll have to give it some more serious thought.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 03-15-2007 11:27 AM

I diddo Wayne, I can’t wait on the finished pictures.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#4 posted 03-15-2007 12:14 PM

and what happens if you don’t cut it upside down?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 03-15-2007 02:27 PM

Nicky, looks good, can’t wait to see the finished product. I noticed the top on the lower unit is solid wood. Are all the tops and bottoms solid wood? If so, how did you allow for dimensional changes due to humidity changes? I can’t tell from the pictures, are the cabinet sides solid wood also?

Debbie, if you dont cut it upside down, none of the compound joints work out and you get really frustrated. What they mean by “cutting it upside down” is that you visualize the horizontal surface of the saw as being the ceiling and the saw fence is visualized as the wall. Make sense? There are some “wordy” jocks out there that can probably say this more elequently.

-- Duane Kohles

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#6 posted 03-15-2007 03:37 PM

I think I get it.
“flip the vision”

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 03-15-2007 06:46 PM

I love cabinet work. Those are some really good looking ones. I am looking forward to the finished product.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#8 posted 03-15-2007 07:06 PM

I wish that I understood “flip the vision” before I made my first cut, but no harm done. Duane, I do believe that you have captured the process with a good analogy.

I cut most of the ply using a JessEm slider. I would have done most of the cuts with a circular saw (marking angle cuts, clamping a straight edge etc…) The slide was a real time saver. If you do decide on one, do the adjustment procedure multiple times, as one adjustment has an impact on others. The installation of the slider took about 30 mins, then about 4 hours to fine tune, going through the adjustment procedure several times until I got perfect results.

The top of the lower unit is all solid material. Jointed sides and edge glued with biscuits. It’s attached using oversized holes with large washers to allow for seasonal movement.


-- Nicky

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#9 posted 03-17-2007 04:46 AM

I cut exterior trim and siding so I understand about flipping the vision.

Waiting for the finish.

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#10 posted 07-03-2012 10:58 PM

Nice corner cabinet!

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#11 posted 07-03-2012 11:06 PM

Very nice job.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 11-23-2013 01:29 AM

Beautifully made.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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