shaker inspired cupboard

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Project by dan81 posted 12-30-2013 05:14 PM 1519 views 6 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife needed a small cupboard for storing overflow kitchen items. She had something in this spot allready, but it was pretty much useless when it came to storage (attached as picture 3 – as you can see it was all leg). By using the same footprint I greatly increased the storage capacity and IMHO this unit looks way more attractive.
After I put this together, a friend that is a decorative painter by trade helped me to finish it using milk paint. The colors are those that my wife wanted and had used on the previous, store bought piece. She’s very happy with this new one, which means life is good.

things of possible interest:
This is my first project using my new Lee Valley Bevel-Up Jointer/Planer with PVM-11 blade – what a tool!
I used pine for this project, except for the drawer box, which includes poplar in the usual places
The drawer is half-blind dovetails
It’s about 35” tall X 30” wide X 9.5” deep (fits the space perfectly)

Thanks for looking. I’m happy to answer any questions.


-- Glue-up is still the stage when everything that was perfect in dry-fit goes horribly wrong, but I'm working on it.

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#1 posted 12-30-2013 06:04 PM

Super nice build, great looking cabinet. Shaker never goes out of style, and I’m sure this cabinet will be in your family for a long time.

-- "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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#2 posted 12-30-2013 07:01 PM

Awesome job. Love the design and craftsmanship. The finish on this is outstanding. Would you mind sharing how you did the finish on this one?

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#3 posted 12-30-2013 07:41 PM

I love them ! Nice build and finish. Congrats !



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#4 posted 12-30-2013 10:23 PM

Thank you for the kind comments everyone.

I took this over to my friend’s shop where she does decorative painting. She had every milk paint color available I think! We put a few base colors on before the green/blue mix, so that later when we scuff sanded it, the colors would be revealed.
The base colors were orange, brown and then red (all colors mixed with water – the base colors were mixed a bit thin so that we didn’t get brush lines). We didn’t paint the whole cabinet with the base colors, but rather just brushed some on here and there.
We applied a bit more red than the two previous colors, but even then, we probably only covered the unit about 15% or less with red. At this stage it looked like a three year old had smeared colors on it in random blotches. After it dried (via hair dryers to speed up the process) we applied two coats of the green/blue mix – drying each of these with a hair dryer – and then scuff sanded it here and there to reveal the colors hidden below.
We then rubbed a wax coating on there and buffed it shiny (not sure the wax brand, but was a white can with green lettering)
All in all, since she was so pro, it took us about 2.5 hours to finish this. I was amazed.

Hope that is helpful. If you have more questions, I’m happy to try to answer them if I can.


-- Glue-up is still the stage when everything that was perfect in dry-fit goes horribly wrong, but I'm working on it.

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#5 posted 12-31-2013 12:51 AM

Great piece, Dan! Well done!

-- Carl, Iowa

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