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06-01-2016 02:35 AM

Hi folks, I’ve been a member here for awhile now, and this is my first post of anything I made that isn’t round. It is an office cabinet with three raised panel doors made of Hickory and Saguaro ribs.The size of the cabinet is 20” deep carcass x 60” wide x 32” high. The top is Hickory mdf core with 2 1/2” mitered tongue and grooved border on all sides with a splash? to prevent stuff from falling behind the cabinet.

The bottom part of the doors were a piece of cake, but the ribbed portion was absolutely labor intensive. It took over 7 hours to make the first one. The second door was done in about 4 hours, and on the last door took about 2 hours to set up the ribs for inserting in the groove. I’m glad I only had 3 doors to make as this was a gift for long time friend…...... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#1 posted 06-01-2016 03:35 AM

Jerry (in Tucson), that is a fantastic looking cabinet.

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#2 posted 06-01-2016 03:48 AM


Your long-time friend is very fortunate. I like the well-executed design, choice of wood and the clear finish! The little back-splash is a great idea. The doors are not only unique, but look very good. I can understand why the doors took the time they did to build. You are a patient and talented woodworker for sure. Congratulations! So is a desk next?

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#3 posted 06-01-2016 04:08 AM

I like it it doesn’t remind me of anything I’ve seen. It’s nice to see something new.
Thanks for sharing.


-- Aj

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#4 posted 06-01-2016 11:04 AM

Jerry, it’s a fantastic piece of work, and I’m awful glad you finally got over your stage fright. Next, if may I be so bold: Photograph those lovely bowls, and post them as their own Project(s).

-- Mark

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#5 posted 06-01-2016 01:14 PM


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#6 posted 06-02-2016 02:36 PM

Thanks for the feedback. This is the third piece I’ve done for this friend.

The first was a pair of Hickory pantry doors for an opening 6’ wide x 7 1/2’ tall. The bottom 36+ inches was raised panel, and the top was done the same as the doors on this cabinet. The doors were a full 1 3/4 thick and seemed like they were the heaviest thing I’ve ever done.

The second thing I’d done for them was a 30” x 90” linen closet with two doors. The bottom door was just a raised panel Hickory, all solid wood, but the upper door, 30×46?, was ribbed the same as the cabinet pictured, but I inlayed 3/4” Cholla strips in the door frame that was 3” wide. I don’t like to brag, but that was a good looking door and cabinet.. I’ll find pictures and start another thread some day soon. I only have about 4 Terabytes of pictures to look through to find them…...Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#7 posted 06-02-2016 04:16 PM

That looks beautiful and hickory is not a easy wood to work with.


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#8 posted 06-02-2016 04:21 PM

Hey Jerry, on the saguaro ribs, did you rip them in half to place them or are they complete?

I have some I want to use but want them split in half to glue them on the face of a board. If you did, what’s the best way to do it and keep the cut straight as possible?

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#9 posted 06-05-2016 05:00 PM

Woody, nope, I only used my bandsaw for cutting to length. Next, I used the jointer to clean up one side. Then, I went to my table saw, set the fence to 3/8”, and put the jointed edge against the fence. With a 1 foot long bird mouth push stick, I ripped the thickness of each piece. Some ribs gave me 2-3 pieces, but most were not thick enough for more than one. After getting them all cut at 3/8” thickness, I moved the fence to 13/16”, and cleaned up one side. Cut them all, and moved the fence to 3/4” for the final width of the ribs. After establishing the thickness and widths of the ribs, I had to wire brush each one to reestablish the contour of each rib to look somewhat like the original natural ribs. ........... Labor intensive, but well worth it with the final product. I think I’m going to put this in the projects section with a lot of pictures if I can can get it figured out, and if my computer still wants to cooperate with me long enough to accomplish my goal….......... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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