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Slabguy

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11-17-2014 07:15 PM

I’m planning on building something similar to the cabinet pictured below to go under my tv (hanging on the wall) to hold/hide cords, satellite box, etc… I want to build the whole thing out of solid wood because I have plenty of walnut and I don’t want to buy any walnut veneer sheet when I have plenty of solid stock to use. Is there any good tutorials out there on building solid wood cabinet doors? Do you guys have any tips or recommendations on joinery for this project? I don’t have much experience with cabinets or cabinet doors. This cabinet is from newwoodworks.com


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#1 posted 11-17-2014 07:28 PM

Tongue and Groove joinery would work. Looks like you need to cut a deeper groove on the horizontal pieces to account for the curvature in them that should be cut after the groove.

Panels can be solid walnut, probably 1/4” thick. Maybe 3/8” if you wanted them a bit thicker.

I don’t glue the panels in the doors with the exception of a small amount in the center of the groove to allow for expansion and contraction of the door.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#2 posted 11-17-2014 07:32 PM

If you have the tools for mortise and tenon joinery you can make that cabinet. It is rife with frame and panel construction. Any basic furniture book will explain it. My go to reference for such matters is Furniture and Cabinet Making by John L. Feirer. It is out of print now, but you can still get it on the used book market, in fact Amazon has several listed for $0.01, that is a bargain you’ll never beat.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 11-17-2014 07:54 PM

Thanks for the tips guys. I’ll definitely pick up that book. I don’t have access to mortise and tenon tools but I can do tongue and groove.

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#4 posted 11-17-2014 08:01 PM

Do you have a router table? What tools do you have?

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#5 posted 11-17-2014 08:39 PM

I don’t have a router table. I have a table saw, bandsaw, RAS, jointer, planer, miter saw, and some hand tools. I don’t plan on doing the curves like the cabinet in the picture and I’m hoping I can build something similar to the picture without purchasing any more big tools but maybe not.

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#6 posted 11-17-2014 09:12 PM

You can do a lot with a table saw and a router. Start looking on YouTube for videos on ways to do frame and panel construction, mortise and tennon ect. There a lot of information on the net on how to do what you want with a minimum of tools.

Here’s one such video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=thKUdS4S740

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#7 posted 11-17-2014 09:19 PM

Thanks for the help!

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#8 posted 11-17-2014 09:20 PM



Thanks for the help!

- Slabguy

Here’s another one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTwRxyHVHFg&feature=player_detailpage

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#9 posted 11-17-2014 10:05 PM

It seems like those doors (sans the curves) could be done pretty much solely with a planer, joiner and table saw using standard tongue and groove, frame and panel joinery. There are many internet sites on which you can get information, including tuitorials.

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Slabguy

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#10 posted 11-17-2014 10:09 PM

I’ve been watching some videos on tongue and groove. Seems fairly simple. The main joint I’m not sure how to do would be where the bottom horizontal braces meet the legs. Obviously, you wouldn’t want the groove going all the way to the floor so what would you do there?

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#11 posted 11-17-2014 10:53 PM

Obviously, you wouldn’t want the groove going all the way to the floor so what would you do there?

That would be stopped groove, best done with a router.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#12 posted 11-18-2014 04:50 AM

I assume your bottom shelf will be attached to the bottom rail. Oftentimes I will attach the bottom shelf to the sides using blocks.

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#13 posted 11-18-2014 05:15 AM

A router, at least for me, is one of the most essential tool in the shop. With a template and a router, getting the curves on the side panel would be really easy.

As others have noted above (but I think it’s worth repeating because it is so important), the biggest difference in working with solid wood vs. plywood is stability. Solid wood will move as the humidity changes. Over the 20 inches or so on a cabinet side that could be in the range of 1/2” – 5/8”. That is why frame and panels are so popular for solid wood cabinetry. You can hide the movement where the panel meets the frame. And if you glue the long grain of a support inside the cabinet across the grain of the cabinet side you will likely be in for a rude awakening as the seasons change so you need to watch how you put runners and bracing. It is also best to use rift sawn wood for the frame sides and legs as it is more stable and moves much less across its grain than quartersawn. It also looks better in that application.

Here is a wood movement calculator: http://www.woodweb.com/cgi-bin/calculators/calc.pl?calculator=shrinkage

Best of luck. It looks like a great project.

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#14 posted 11-18-2014 06:17 AM

Very handsome cabinet,Looks like Claro walnut to me.I like the funky over size doors.Someone must of ran out of wood whats up with the funky green top.Aj

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#15 posted 11-18-2014 02:09 PM

Thanks guys. Y’all have been a huge help.

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