|Project by bryson||posted 02-07-2013 07:08 PM||2705 views||5 times favorited||14 comments|
My goal for this project was to use all scrap wood—the only cost for this project (aside from things like glue, finish, sandpaper, etc.) was for the four hinges and the two catches.
Awhile ago a friend at work gave me a piece of furniture that he had made, but wasn’t happy with. He didn’t want to throw it away, but also didn’t want to finish it out and keep it in his house. That piece became the body for this cabinet, shown in picture 3. I cut off the bottom and created feet with leftover pine from the coffee table that I just built. I also removed the facing from the middle shelf and trimmed the facing on the sides to bring the edge of the doors closer to the sides of the cabinet. I also added a small, thin apron just below the table top with scrap from a pile at a friend’s workshop.
There was a large sheet of hardwood flooring (an old display, maybe?) affixed to an OSB backer that has been outside of an adjacent shop near the dumpster for about a year now, so I got it and used the boards to make the front doors on the cabinet. The layup was interesting (picture 2), but it worked fairly well, and motivated me to buy some proper clamps! I did end up adding plywood backing to stop some of the bowing problems that I was having—I beveled the edges to make it look more finished when the doors are open—I think it came out pretty well, although the doors are now pretty heavy. One door got maple and the other got birch because those were the only two cutoffs that I had that were large enough for the job. The outside ends of the doors got a small border with scrap poplar, and everything except for the door face got a heavy coat of stain, followed by about 3 coats of satin water-based poly.
All in all I think it turned out really well, and it was a lot of fun to make something a little different!
The first and last pictures are just to detail the wood finish—I managed to keep the boards in the same location relative to each other so that all of the scratches and scars are still aligned. Thanks for looking!