Chicken proof cupboards

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Project by 404 - Not Found posted 01-17-2014 07:54 PM 911 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My client must have had a real problem with chickens scratching around and laying eggs in her old cupboards. Why else would she get me to make new ones with chicken wire doors?

First go at shabby chic, I think they turned out well.

Pine finished with dark oak acrylic varnish/acrylic sanding sealer mix, then sprayed cream and rubbed thru the edges with p400. I normally intensely dislike those easy fix butt hinges, but they were perfect for this application (and only about 20p each).

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#1 posted 01-17-2014 08:10 PM

Maybe she wants to keep a couple of chickens INSIDE the cupboards?

These certainly look classic – great build!


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#2 posted 01-17-2014 08:16 PM

Yes, looks classic…many projects today on lj, demonstrate the intrinsic beauty of simplicity. Yours is yet another aspect of that principal, not so much shape, but also material and finish.


-- Al,New Jersey -To thine own self be true

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#3 posted 01-17-2014 08:24 PM

Works for me, good job.
(are you sure you didn’t photoshop the chicken wire?)

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404 - Not Found

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#4 posted 01-17-2014 09:13 PM

Lol, No Photoshop this time Kevin, apart from a little ‘pinch’ distort to correct the fish eye effect of the wide angle lens. I recently bought a Olympus C8080 bridge camera offa ebay. Got to say the results are in a whole different league from my previous point and shoot.
Back to this job, possibly the easiest job I ever made. The tops and bottoms are stop rabbetted to accept the sides and the backs were 6mm mdf to keep it all square with the panelling effect done with a v groove router bit. Added a nailer top and bottom for fixing to the wall and the shelves just sit on push in spade shelf supports. Made the doors with loose tenons and put slips in behind to hold the wire.

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#5 posted 01-17-2014 10:14 PM

Nice job. Also noticed the client is working you hard there. All that taking pictures and watching QVC is hard work, I just bet there is a big mug of java and a tray of donuts just out of shot! lol

Al ;)

-- I am an insomniac, but I don't lose sleep over it!

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#6 posted 01-17-2014 10:17 PM

Good job,I’m glad you didn’t lay an egg. :)

-- Custom furniture

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#7 posted 01-17-2014 10:38 PM

That is why I don’t allow chickens or their chic’s in the house… they belong on the grill

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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Nicholas Hall

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#8 posted 01-17-2014 11:33 PM

As long as the the check clears, the client is always right. I can honestly say it’s the best use of chicken wire in cabinetry that I’ve seen to date though. Nice work!

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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#9 posted 01-17-2014 11:40 PM

I have to say that, being a man of simple tastes (and a simple mind, no doubt), I really, really like that. IMHO the chicken wire looks better than wood panels would have, for that application.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#10 posted 01-18-2014 01:24 AM

Great looking cabinet, and novel use of chicken wire!

-- Dean

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#11 posted 01-18-2014 01:31 AM

My daughter had me do some chicken wire panels in her clinic to keep the computer stuff from overheating. Looked weird to me but she loved them!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 01-19-2014 01:36 AM

Nice job. Could be pigeons getting in. They can be quite invasive ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 01-22-2014 03:25 PM

Beautiful cupboards! Perfect examples of shabby chic. Like the use and look of the chicken wire. I’m sure your client was happy. Great job!

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