|Project by msparky14||posted 02-19-2014 04:07 AM||1318 views||2 times favorited||15 comments|
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 ~