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My Mum and Dad wanted a cabinet / set of drawers for their home office. I originally planned to build it out of MDF and paint it, but that plan soon grew (as do all my projects) into something much more. It started when I saw some nice maple ply on sale in Home Depot. I picked out a couple of sheets that showed some nice ribboning in the grain. Then I thought about how to edge the ply. I decided that I would use cherry.

I mitred cherry around the top and bottom panels and down the sides. I also added a piece of cherry to the front of the shelf. I used a ton of biscuits in this project. I made frames (similar to ones you’d find inside a carcass to support drawers) that I used to attach the sides to the top and bottom. I then added the cherry “face frame” that divides all the drawers.

I used the same ¾ maple ply for the back. I prefinished all of the parts prior to assembly. I used three coats of Danish oil and sanded in the 3rd coat with 400 grit wet/dry sand paper. I then used watco’s wipe on satin polly over the top to protect it. I added three coats of polly sanding prior to the final coat.

I used ½ inch Baltic birch for all of the drawer boxes. I dovetailed all of the corners with my PC dovetail jig. The drawer bottoms are ¼ inch Baltic birch. I used the same finish on these as above.

The drawer fronts were a little trickier but I think were worth the effort. I first ripped some strips of ¾” x ¾” cherry and an equal number of ¾’ x ¼” curly maple. I glued these together to make 1” x ¾” strips. I mitred these around more of the ¾” maple ply. I used biscuits to attach this edging. Once done and planed/sanded smooth, I finished the drawer fronts in the same manner as everything else.

I installed the drawers on glide rite self closing runners. I also bought the drawer pulls as a 10-pack (much cheaper that 6 individual) from glide rite.

The feet I bought from Van Dyke’s restorers and finished the same as everything else. I think I used about a gallon of Danish oil on this project.

Here’s the cabinet while still on top of my roll around shop cupboard:

I installed all of the drawers while it was on top of the roll around shop cupboard. That made life a lot easier.

Here are the drawers:

And some closer shots of the drawer fronts:

Side view:

And the back:

The top:

Here’s a few more:

I have made a bunch of shop projects in the past and some kids furniture, but this is my first “fine woodworking” for lack of a better term, project. I am really happy with the way it turned out and am glad I didn’t go the painted MDF route. I will restrain myself and not point out all of the errors, there are a few or course. I see them, but most non-woodworkers won’t.

As always, I appreciate your thoughts and opinions.





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LoganN

133 posts in 501 days


#1 posted 492 days ago

Beautiful! I love the detail on the drawer fronts! Great job

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BTimmons

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#2 posted 492 days ago

Very nice work all around.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BigTWW - http://vimeo.com/98821147

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Bill_N

234 posts in 879 days


#3 posted 492 days ago

Your folks are sure lucky

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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whitebeast88

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#4 posted 492 days ago

great job,very nice details.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Timthemailman

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#5 posted 492 days ago

A+ work, I also like all the pictures.

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Ken90712

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#6 posted 491 days ago

I’m so glad you put in a bunch of pics! The first one does not do it justice until I looked at the close ups …. Great work!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Jerry

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#7 posted 491 days ago

Great job on what started out as a ‘simple’ project. I can relate in the need to point out the flaws also.
Thanks for sharing

-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 491 days ago

It’s a reall nice project and looks great. I’m sure that your parents loved it. Thanks for the well done presentation.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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MrWhite

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#9 posted 491 days ago

Thanks for all the comments guys. I had a lot of fun building this project but man am I slow. I never thought it would take me this long… I started it in November!

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