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Project by aussiedave posted 435 days ago 2179 views 8 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These display cabinets were made for my wife Kelley’s pottery teacher; I was stunned to be commissioned to make something for someone. I did go into a mild panic for I was no longer just doing something for myself in my own time – I was making something for someone else and being paid for it. I don’t know about the rest of you but I really felt pressured to supply something that I was not sure I had the skill to do. As you can see by the photos I was set to a budget so solid wood was out and I had to use veneered chipboard and European soft close hinges. The veneer is White Oak and the edge banding is Red Oak; once they are varnished, they are very close in colour. I made the edge banding strips 1mm over size in the width then shaved it back with a block plane flush with the veneered chipboard. I masked out all the tenons and dados with masking tape to keep the joinery wood varnish-free for gluing. The doors are joined with floating tenons, and I used a slot cutting router bit to make the slot for the glass to slip into when I did the glue up on the doors. I varnished before glue up so I could keep the varnish strokes going with the grain of the veneer. Anyway, the lady was very happy with the end result and now she has some where to put her two granddaughters’ crystal figurines.

I cut the french cleats into the side panels, glued and screwed it to the backing board, which in turn is glued on all four side into dado’s of the carcase. I didn’t want to just place it under the top, making top section take the all the weight of the cabinet. I felt this way the weight would be shared by the whole cabinet. Not sure I explained that, all that well…lol

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#1 posted 435 days ago

Nice pair of cabinets Dave, can see why your client was happy.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#2 posted 435 days ago

Dave, that is a beautiful pair of displace cabinets!. Great construction method , too….......Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 435 days ago

Wow very nice pair of cabinets they are so awesome. I would want to make one but I dont have a router so that would be very hard for me a beginner woodworker. Great job

-- Tim, Sydney Australia,,

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#4 posted 435 days ago

These are a very nice set of cabinets Dave. I for some reason get intrigued building display cabinets. I’ll have to build a couple large ones some day to display all my fun projects if I can find room to put them. Thanks for sharing.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#5 posted 435 days ago

Great cabinets Dave. I like the design. Nice job.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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Cajun Box Sculptor

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#6 posted 435 days ago

You did a real good job Dave. No doubt the lady should like them.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#7 posted 434 days ago

Great job.
They don’t look like they’re made out of cheap pb at all.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#8 posted 434 days ago

yes indeed these are nice. I always wanted to try making them. Ill get more experience before i make any attempts that that though.

-- Jhopewell, New Hampshire,

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#9 posted 434 days ago

Great Job! These cabinets are just the right size for displays! Thanks

-- Robert, Mississippi,

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#10 posted 434 days ago

Wow from the first picture I thought these were solid wood. Great job mate!

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#11 posted 433 days ago

I really like the cabinets. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#12 posted 407 days ago

It’s a shame that you couldn’t use hardwood for all of it. I know how you feel when it comes to making something new for the first time for a customer. It does make ypou sweat a little. But it looks like you didn’t have any trouble at all. The cabinets look great!!

-- When it feels like a job, it isn't a hobby anymore.

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#13 posted 406 days ago

Very nice job.Excellent pair of cabinets.Display cabinets make it easy to store or display collections.Display cabinets nowadays come in every shape and size.Regardless of what type of furniture and furnishings you have, be sure your home display cabinet compliments it.

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#14 posted 393 days ago

Excellent display cabinets, you did a wonderful job on them

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#15 posted 384 days ago

These are very nice Dave, my other hobby is building scale models(Plastic) and I do mostly auto’s but I do from time to time change that up a bit and do airplanes too…
These would be awesome for showing off a few cars!

Great job on them, I am glad she was happy( She should be!)

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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