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Paper Shredder in Disguise

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Project by DanTheLumberJockMan posted 2056 days ago 2839 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw this piece of furniture in a catalog and thought “I can make that”. It’s a small cabinet that hides my paper shredder. This piece started out as poplar since I had plenty left over from building my work shop. But I wanted it to match my existing office furniture which would best be described as a distressed espresso finish. Well, I’m not a finishing expert by any means, so this took some practice.

First, to distress the piece I made a special “tool” to create worm holes. Of course it’s just a bunch of nails pounded into a piece of maple but it worked really well. I learned that you shouldn’t be timid when using it. The holes look large in the unfinished piece, but after the dark stain they disappear somewhat so the larger holes were actually better.

Then I took a V shaped carving tool and checked the edges of the boards. You can see some of this in the final photo. I also used this tool to take a few gouges out of the open areas, always with the grain of the wood.

Then I used a rasp to roughen up the edges where the piece may have been damaged during all the transits across the Atlantic.

And finally I used my random orbit sander to soften all the sharp edges. After hundreds of years of use in the galley of the pirate ship, this piece looks downright worn out.

It’s hard to see most of this in the photos, especially with the dark stain and the shine, but in person it turned out really nice.

Then came the finish. A dark stain just didn’t cut it. I found that a dark mahogany dye gave me the right base color. Then three coats of a garnet shellac added color, depth and age to the piece. And finally, three coats of a semi-gloss poly will keep it from aging any more than it already has :)

I hope you like it.

-- Dan, San Diego, CA





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John Gray

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#1 posted 2056 days ago

NEAT IDEA!!!! Nice job.

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Callum Kendall

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#2 posted 2056 days ago

Great Idea!

Thanks for the post

Callum

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#3 posted 2056 days ago

nice work. just be careful, i hear these shredders can over heat. good work.

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Chris

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#4 posted 2056 days ago

Dan,

I think this piece is outstanding. Not only in form but function as well.

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woodworm

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#5 posted 2056 days ago

Very nice cabinet.
Just let me know (me woodworm) when you need to distress it further.
Take care and work safe.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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daveintexas

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#6 posted 2056 days ago

Wonderful idea. The construction looks super.

Thanks for posting

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Dean

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#7 posted 2056 days ago

That finish looks really good in the photo! Do you lift out the machine to empty it?

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#8 posted 2056 days ago

it turned out fantastic

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Budgie

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#9 posted 2056 days ago

Cleaver. That’s a nice way to disguise it.

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#10 posted 2055 days ago

I do like it! functional and fabulous

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#11 posted 2055 days ago

Neat idea. I may have to build something similar myself.

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#12 posted 1329 days ago

I never would have thought to build a cabinet for a paper shredder. That is a great way to hide that ugly piece of home office equipment!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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