China Cabinet

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Project by msparky14 posted 184 days ago 804 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife has been wanting a china cabinet since before I got out of the Navy and not long after I bought her two sets of china when I was in Hong Kong. This china cabinet was one of those items I had contemplated buying for a long time. Since I haven’t been doing wood working long and most of my tools are not top of the line, I really didn’t have any confidence in a project like this. But after making the blanket chests awhile back, I decided what the heck. It’s only wood/money/time/fingers.

I knew what style my wife liked, and started searching for plans. (That was a task harder than making this cabinet.) I never found one! So I started touring furniture stores and did some research on standard dimensions. I spent a week drawing plans and double checking measurements to avoid any mistakes. I felt ready to go and jumped into it.

I purchased quartersawn oak for the project. (I really like the look of quartersawn wood) I prepped the wood for both sections at the same time, but actually built each section individually. Working with a few smaller tools really proved to be a challenge at times, but I managed to find a way around it. The carcasses went together fine, and the doors were fairly easy. (I have to find an easier way to route the arch on raised panel doors) The drawers were a bit of a challenge, since one face was off a tiny bit, but noticeable. I don’t have a dovetail jig, and elected to use a French dovetail cut on the drawers, by using my router table and dovetail bit. (Youtube video helped me with this one) The glass was a bit pricey, I thought. But that was the one thing I hired out to do. Crown molding was a bit tricky, but I finally got the hang of it. It’s stained a medium oak color, and has at least a dozen coats of dewaxed shellac, thinned with denatured alcohol.

Base dimensions are 60” long X 16” wide X 36” high
Display dimensions are 60” long X 12” wide X 44” high (Buffet height inside is 14”)

1st pic is before the glass was installed. Sorry, I don’t usually take pictures of my projects while they are in progress. To many other things on my mind I guess. The very back panel is the only part not solid oak. It’s 1/4” a plywood panel.

-- ~ Mike ~

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#1 posted 184 days ago

A very nice piece. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#2 posted 184 days ago

dude, that’s awesome!!! well done

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#3 posted 184 days ago

Very, very nice.

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#4 posted 184 days ago

Great work all the way around on this, A real beauty! Progress pictures are fun when there posted with the finished project.. Bet the wife loves this!

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

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#5 posted 184 days ago

It’s already been said but – -

That is awesome ! I’m a huge fan of oak and quarter sawn is the most attractive. Great job

-- Dick, Ohio

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 184 days ago

Very beautiful work

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#7 posted 184 days ago

looks real nice

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#8 posted 184 days ago

It’s a nice piece and you did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 184 days ago

Looks great! You deserve to have a lot of confidence in yourself now!

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#10 posted 184 days ago

Beautiful work and craftsmanship, looks great.

-- "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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Craftsman on the lake

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#11 posted 184 days ago

That design just plain looks good. You see it and it hits you as just right. Congrats.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#12 posted 183 days ago

Looks awesome, great design & build.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#13 posted 183 days ago

Turned out perfect, nothing to complain about your work.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 183 days ago

Very Nice Work Indeed Mike! Thanks For Sharing!


-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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#15 posted 183 days ago

It’s beautiful! Was it a surprise to her? Even if it wasn’t, I bet she was so pleased. Excellent job.

-- April, WilkerDo's

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