Beautiful Cabinet From 2x4s

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Project by JSB posted 08-30-2013 01:21 PM 5758 views 8 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I think a lot of beginning woodworkers get the impression that you need high quality wood to make beautiful furniture. It doesn’t help that most people will tell you that pine 2×4s are junk and don’t work with them. I disagree. I decide to make this cabinet out of nothing but 2×4s and some scrap 1/4” luan for the door and side panels. If you watched the SketchUp design video previously you will notice some changes. Here is the sketchup video followed by the build video. Have a great weekend folks!

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#1 posted 08-30-2013 01:35 PM

I think you have proved that pine and such can be turned into beautiful projects.
The fit & finish of your cabinet is top rate and the addition of the horse theme makes it even better.
I used old crate wood in 98% of my projects and don’t think twice about it.
I really like your work.
(and I wish I was half as good at Sketch up as you.)

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#2 posted 08-30-2013 01:46 PM

Very cool sir

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#3 posted 08-30-2013 02:11 PM

Very nice.

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#4 posted 08-30-2013 02:35 PM

I agree absolutely. Pine is like any other wood. You can find pieces with really nice grain if you look for them.

Beautiful cabinet!

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#5 posted 08-30-2013 03:44 PM

Very nice. I’ve always known you can make very nice things from wood that you didn’t pay a lot for. My dad did it the whole time I was growing up.

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#6 posted 08-30-2013 04:33 PM

Nice job and use of available materials—craftsmanship is not defined by the materials used, but rather the result achieved, IMHO.

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#7 posted 08-30-2013 04:44 PM

Nice cabinet, and a point I have been making for years… Pine does pose challenges, but can be very rewarding to work with. Especially if you are on a budget…

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#8 posted 08-30-2013 04:49 PM

It is about the worker not the wood. Nice job.

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#9 posted 08-30-2013 05:36 PM

Great example of what a real craftsman can do!

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#10 posted 08-30-2013 05:46 PM

Well done!

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#11 posted 08-30-2013 06:01 PM

Stellar job on the cabinet…..Beautiful job…..I like it…...Just goes to show you that all 2×4’s are created equal….....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#12 posted 08-30-2013 07:22 PM

Very nice, impressive indeed. I like the half-lap joints, add a nice touch to the cabinet. The use of 2X4s works for me, I am just finishing a mud room bench from the same materials. You Did a great job here with the pine.

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#13 posted 08-30-2013 07:23 PM

great work

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#14 posted 08-30-2013 07:34 PM

PSSST! Dont look now, but there’s a horse peekin’ in at you thru your window!


Neat cabinet!

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#15 posted 08-30-2013 09:18 PM


Three cheers for excellent workmanship… And for pine!

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