Tea Cabinet

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Project by moyariffic posted 03-16-2013 11:18 AM 1312 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m a grad student, which in my department means that I get a windowless, dark cave for an office. Needless to say, I don’t much like being there. To make it a little more pleasant, I made my self this desktop tea cabinet, to store my mugs, tea pot, and teas.

The carcass is 3/4” pine that I planed to 5/8 or so. Construction of the carcass is stopped dados throughout. The drawers are butt jointed boxes that just nest in their well. The back is 1/4” plywood rabbetted and nailed into the case. The door panel and drawer fronts are 1/2” soft maple. I made the drawer pulls and cabinet pull from 3/8” pine that I rounded over and mortised into their homes. All the maple faces are finished in shellac and wax; the rest is finished in salem red milk paint with a coat of paste wax.

The flash on this camera is pretty brutal, really drawing attention to what I know are slight imperfections (and with which I can live). I’m ultimately pretty happy with this. I was going for something between Shaker and Krevnov (ok, the only Krevnov influence is the maple panels, which in my case don’t even come close to the unbelievable wood that Krevnov used). The contrasting maple panel and drawer fronts were an experiment, and I have mixed feelings about them (and the amount of extra preparation they required). I learned a lot about fitting drawers, doors, and hinges. I’m positive that I’ll enjoy using this cabinet, and it will really spruce up my dark office.


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#1 posted 03-16-2013 12:18 PM

Nice job Justin. I like your choice on the fininh. A nice blend. I learn something new with every project and apply that to the next one. Keep up the good work and never stop learning.

-- Campzeke, Tampa, FL

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 03-16-2013 12:29 PM

Justin that is a first class Tea Cabinet
Will make the cave more friendy


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 03-16-2013 01:29 PM

I like the contrast, and I am sure visitors to your office will really like it, too. The contrast really says, “This is custom made.” And nobody sees all the imperfections you do.


-- -- John, Washington, DC

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#4 posted 03-16-2013 02:28 PM

Looks good…and will definitely cheer up your work area….you might even get some orders to made other projects for the other cave dwellers.

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#5 posted 03-16-2013 03:19 PM

A very nice piece for sure.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 03-17-2013 01:06 AM

Nice job on this cabinet. The painted pine and the maple play very well together.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 03-17-2013 01:35 PM

Thanks for all the positive feedback! I feel like I got a good start in cabinet-making, and now I can be much more ambitious…

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