Pine Chimney Cabinets

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Project by MadeinMT posted 262 days ago 848 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made a couple of chimney cabinets of pine. One is painted green, the other finished with shellac.

Never liked to do drawers so I decided to make an effort at getting over that weakness in my skill set. As I make ‘country’ looking stuff it somehow seemed wrong to build drawers without dovetailing. So I dove (pun intended) headlong into dovetailing. Watched videos, took stock of my tools, and bought a few new ones including a Veritas 1:8 marker and a decent set of chisels. Practiced a little, probably too little. Then made my two little drawers. I figured if they turned out a little shaky it would just add to the character of my country-style pieces. (This is why I like making country-style, mistakes just add character).

The drawers are made of cedar. I bought 3/4” material and resawed it down to 1/2”. The 1/8” or so that was left was used to make the drawer bottoms. Not ready for half-blind DT’s so I made a box with four sides then added the pine fronts. I was actually pleased with how the DT’s came out. Beginner’s luck.

I think I may make a big pie safe for my next project. With drawers.

-- Ron, Montana

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#1 posted 262 days ago

Dovetails look good, Ron. The cabinets look good, too. I really like the green one between the two. Nice work.

I’m surprised to see the drawer bottom running grain running front to back on one of them. Wood shrinks and it may lift out of the side dados… But I’m sure you’ve thought of that, and maybe it’s ply.

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#2 posted 262 days ago

Nice set of cabinets, well done. From the photos, it looks like the dovetails are hand cut, and came out very nice. Good job.

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#3 posted 262 days ago

Great job

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#4 posted 262 days ago

Excellent job.. that shellac looks fantastic!

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#5 posted 261 days ago

looks great! – i like the green one too – kinda country chic
I’m still standing on the edge of the diving board when it comes to dovetailing so I’m going to take your post as inspiration to dive in!
thanks for sharing

-- Greg Simon

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#6 posted 261 days ago

Very Nice Piece Of Work Indeed! Thanks For Posting!

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#7 posted 260 days ago

Good job on the dovetails.

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