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nate22

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348 days ago

I want to build a china cabinet for my wife I am looking for designs or ideas. I am going to make it out of maple. Have any of you guys built one before. How tall would be a good height for one. So any ideas or information would be helpful.

-- K & N Furniture Middlebury, In.


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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 348 days ago

Hi Nate. I always start with the requirements for the cabinet. How much China is going into it, how will ti be displayed- with glass or solid doors. Size of the pieces for shelf spacing. They come in all sizes for that reason. You want it to be tall enough to hold all it needs to but not too tall that your wife cannot reach it. Custom design it to her and her China. That is what I always do. One other thing in design is the golden rectangle for relation between height and width for pleasing appearance. If you want it to conform to a boughten one, take a look at ones for sale and see if they will fit your needs and then make it personal!

..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 348 days ago

+1 for Jim’s remarks. Make it personal but you might tailor it after some you’d see in fine furniture stores. Take a tape measure with you. The fabric ones that seamstresses use are quite handy and easily carried for all kinds of shopping. Jim I’ve heard of the Golden Rectangle, the golden ratio and the golden sector. Are these all the same?

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#3 posted 348 days ago

Okay, nate22, I’ll play along with you. Your profile says you have your own furniture-making company and this thread is asking for a good height to make a cihina cabinet for your wife.

How about low enough to fit under the ceiling yet high enough to be beautiful and provide opportunity for a marvelous dislay.

I mean, I mean, why would the owner of a furniture manufacturer be asking us instead of his wife what she wants?

-- I dream of the world where a duck can cross the road and no one asks why.

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nate22

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#4 posted 347 days ago

Mngary I am asking on here because I want to make it for her for Christmas. If it wasn’t for that I probably wouldn’t ask on here. Thanks for the responses.

-- K & N Furniture Middlebury, In.

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Randy Sharp

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#5 posted 347 days ago

Hi Nate, I recommend doing a search of what others have built and put on LJ’s. When you find a design you like, send the LJ a personal message and request information. LJ’s are usually very good at sharing.

I’m not trying to make an ego pitch, but here’s the one I built for my wife. If you’re interested, I’d be glad to take some measurements (I didn’t have any plans) and construction methods that I used.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/27603

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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