First Atttempt at Built In Furniture

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Project by SPHinTampa posted 08-10-2008 04:55 PM 2071 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Previous owner left tiled over shelving in house … looked horrible and would have cost two thousand dollars to have removed. I tried to make it look better by adding a mahogany cabinetry to warm it.

- Carcase – 3/4” mahogany ply using biscuit joints.
- Face frames – initially 1/16” too big, made from mahogany, joined with pocket screws and then clamped straight to frame. Used a flush trim bit around outer edges to get them to flush with case.
- Finish – Oil/Varnish mix

Sliding doors
- used rocket manual veneer bag to glue sapele pomelle veneer on 1/2” mdf
- used resawn 1/2” mahogany rails and stiles joined using loose tenon joinery, cut with plunge router. Just butt joined the frame to the panel and glued.
- After gluing up frame, used router and edge guide to cut 1/4” by 1/8” grooves along edges panel in order to inlay paduak strips to cover joint between mahogany and veneered MDF.
- Two grooves on back of sliding doors, 1/4”x 1/4” groove on bottom, 1/2” x 1/4” on top. The extra 1/4” on top lets the doors get lifted out.
- The doors ride in two 3/4” waxed mahogany rails with 1/4” x 1/2” grooves cut 5/16” apart.

One installation problem – there was a 1/8” bow in the right side opening midway in the back. It took some foul language and a belt sander to shave down the top panel to get a fit.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#1 posted 08-10-2008 05:01 PM

Nice Shawn. Looks like your magic wand really did a number on that pumpkin!

-- Scott - Chico California

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#2 posted 08-10-2008 05:04 PM

Beautiful job!. Nice contract between tile and wood. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 08-10-2008 05:25 PM

Beautiful job!

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#4 posted 08-10-2008 05:37 PM

You did it like a pro… but foul language won’t do miracles.
Thanks for sharing.
Take care and work safe.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Callum Kendall

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#5 posted 08-10-2008 06:03 PM

Great job!

THanks for the post


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#6 posted 08-10-2008 09:31 PM

Nice job, that certainly warmed it up .

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#7 posted 08-10-2008 09:36 PM

Nice solution to the issue. Thanks for sharing Shawn.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#8 posted 08-10-2008 09:49 PM

Nice save on a somewhat less than desirable part of the room.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#9 posted 08-14-2008 11:00 PM

Very nice, I love the simple lines and especially the components cabinet, very nice indeed.

-- Kaleo ,

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#10 posted 10-07-2008 12:09 AM

Looks great!

-- "Many years ago I chased a woman, only to discover that her tastes were exactly like mine: we both were crazy about girls."

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#11 posted 10-25-2008 01:23 AM

Nice work.

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#12 posted 08-16-2010 05:55 PM

Nice work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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