|Project by Johnny1980||posted 05-12-2013 08:13 AM||837 views||1 time favorited||2 comments|
This was the first major woodworking project that I took on. A very patient and trusting friend of mine offered to pay for the materials and have me build it to his specifications. I was inspired by a bunch of different cabinets I was able to find pictures of and came up with this design. Mostly it was in my head but I drew the important parts to ensure I had dimensions correct.
My biggest mistake was not cutting all of the shelves at once. I constructed the bottom half before the top half and then realized how much easier it would have been to cut all of the parts at once (when I had the jigs / setups tuned in).
The main parts are made of 3/4 oak ply, shelves are 1/2. The rest is solid oak, also made all the trim in my shop. I learned a lot from this.
The biggest and scariest challenge was fixing the seams where the plywood was joined together. Of course I wasn’t able to get them to align perfectly. I made a jig for the router and routed a 1/4”x1/4” groove where the seams where and inserted a slightly oversized 1/4”x1/4” piece of solid oak and then shaped with a block plane and sander. Turned out ok and they blended in pretty good. It was finished with high gloss poly.
My friend was really happy with it.