Various shenanigans #4: My first spice cabinet

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Blog entry by JeremyPringle posted 08-16-2013 04:09 AM 2343 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I am working on a bunch of little projects/commissions right now, and not very much of it is very interesting, so there really is not much to post about. Since I know I will not be working on my own personal stuff for the next little while(with the exception of the string inlay box, as I have an idea for the lid),I figured I would post a blog about the first spice cabinet that I made.

I made this from 3/4 prelam pine over 4 years ago. At the time I only just getting into have tools, and I was really, really into hand cut dovetails. I had not yet moved into nice woods like cherry and walnut as I did not want to spend the money on the wood just to mess everything up. I also was not very confident with my skills, but I knew that I needed to start challenging myself. I picked a Glen Huey article in a Popwood mag and away I went.

Once I had read the article several dozen times, I got started. I knew I could do it, but it was going to be a challenge for sure. Not only that, but for some silly reason I got it in my head to put at least 10 hidden compartments in it.
1. False bottom in middle drawer

2-6. sliding drawer blades to reveal false backs

7. Sliding drawer out the back of the bottom drawer

8-10 Sliding DT key to slide down the back, 2 drawers and a document space inside the moulding.

Of course it all depends on how you count, but to me there are 10.

Some notes on this spice cabinet.
-This is the second door, the first one had a solid panel that was really boring, I also messed up the rails and stiles. So I made the current one and bought a really nice piece of glass.
-I have not used pine for a serious project since then, I have moved on. Once complete I was way more confident and was ok with buying nicer woods.
-My finish is aniline dye and shellac, but I was not very careful with it, as this was I think the 2nd time I have ever used aniline and shellac, so again a really big learning experience.
-My wife immediately started filling it with stuff, and it has been in either our kitchen or living room since I made it.

At the time I was blown away with it, I was so happy with it and I still am. However… one of the reasons I made this…

...was to show myself where I was then, and where I am now. But alas… ol’pine has something the new one does not… crazy awesome hidden compartments!!!!

Thanks for reading.

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#1 posted 08-23-2013 12:25 PM

You certainly squeezed a lot of secret compartments into what is essentally quite a small cabinet. I’ve always liked the slide-down back exposing the secret drawers one myself. Nice job!

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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