Oak Cabinet with two drawers

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Project by Branlon posted 267 days ago 829 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This two-drawer oak cabinet was designed around three pieces of artwork; the beautiful inlays by Nelson depicting east coast lighthouses. The inlays were purchased at auction on eBay and re-framed in oak for the sides and back of the cabinet.

The bottom drawer was custom-built with 5/8” solid alder by Barker Door. The top drawer was built in-house using half-inch poplar and Miller dowels. Both drawers are lined on the inside bottom with black felt. The two sets of KnapeVogt soft-closing drawer guides are screwed-in tight and slide far from perfectly even after hours of fine-tuning.

The sides, back, and front were pulled together with Kreg pocket-hole screws.

The boards in the top of the cabinet were glued together using bisquit jointers with strips of oak in the middle and canary wood on the front and back edges. The top was doweled and glued down at the corners. The slide-out utility board just under the top provides a convenient resting place for light-weight tools or utensils.

Cabinet dimensions: about two feet tall, 28 inches wide, and 17 inches deep.

If you add-in a bare minimum hourly labor rate to the total cost of materials, the value of this unique piece of furniture is priceless.

-- Branlon, Board Director, South Central Indiana

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#1 posted 267 days ago

That’s a beautiful concept and execution. Thanks for posting.

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#2 posted 267 days ago

I agree it’s priceless. Great execution of mixed woods and inlay.

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

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#3 posted 267 days ago

Great job. A very fine piece of woodworking.

Branlon… I’m a Hoosier too… I see you are in “Central Indiana” I’m way down south (Louisville area)

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#4 posted 267 days ago

Wow, this is really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 267 days ago

Great work, love the color and the inlay…..

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

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#6 posted 267 days ago

Beautiful looking Oak cabinet….excellent job.

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

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#7 posted 263 days ago

Fine looking cabinet! Great design and awesome execution. The lighthouse inlay is gorgeous. Excellent work!

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#8 posted 261 days ago

Thanks guys for the encouraging comments!

-- Branlon, Board Director, South Central Indiana

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