1st big cabinet

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Project by rjb37 posted 09-18-2013 09:44 PM 1122 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first big cabinet build. I modeled this after plans of a similar one done by Chris Schwarz for Poplar Woodworking. I made it for my wife as a Xmas present – she doesn’t like it so it resides in my den, aka the boneyard.
I wasn’t into hand tool building then and this was all done by machines but there were some firsts for me. This was my first big cabinet, my first tombstone door, my first use of cock beading, and my first rabbeted drawer joint.
The carcass is birch plywood and the shelf too. I used 1/2” ship lapped poplar for the back. And with the exception of the sides/back of the drawer, everything else is poplar. I also made all the moldings with my router table and tablesaw.
The glass is held in place with glaziers points and glazing compound, which matches the poplar pretty good.
I learned a lot making this cabinet.

-- accidental woodworker

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#1 posted 09-18-2013 09:59 PM

Too bad you wife didn’t like it, you did a very fine job and it looks great. At least you can enjoy it and put it to good use.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 09-19-2013 03:43 AM

Great looking cabinet. I hope you find a good use for it cause it sure deserves a home.

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

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#3 posted 09-19-2013 12:52 PM

Beautiful cabinet, too bad it’s intended owner couldn’t love and cherish it. At least it’s now found a loving home with its creator.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 09-19-2013 02:53 PM

My wife is a tough customer. She likes victorian and gothic furniture. I like shaker and arts and crafts. This was the first of 9 cabinets I’ve made. I slowly evolved making them going from all machine made to all hand made.

-- accidental woodworker

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#5 posted 09-19-2013 03:29 PM

This is a nice clean project. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 09-20-2013 09:22 PM

Thanx. I’m pretty happy with the results I got considering it was my first one.

-- accidental woodworker

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#7 posted 09-23-2013 04:30 PM

Your cabinet looks great and well crafted. Can’t believe it’s your first. It shows a lot of skills and talent. Great work!

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