Various shenanigans #27: Hanging wall cabinets

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Blog entry by JeremyPringle posted 03-13-2016 10:37 PM 4471 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was in a slump here a while ago and I was sort of avoiding going into my shop. I have been avoiding having to carve. Two feet into the ball and claw feet for my lowboy and I have realized I really, really, really don’t enjoy carving. And because of my personal goal to work on one project at a time I was trapping myself. It took some inspiring pictures and some conversations to change my thinking and get back into my shop… sorry ball and claws.. I’ll come back to you… eventually.

In the mean time I have been really inspired to make some things for my own house that are usable. Enter the hanging wall cabinet.

While trolling FWW Matt Kenney’s intagram account, I found a picture of a small hanging wall cabinet that his daughter uses for doll cloths. Wow, I said to myself… that’s just what I need… (want to make). So I set to work and drew it out and planned how I wanted mine to look. I made mine out of cherry with spalted maple drawer fronts.

This was the first time I have ever glued on a drawer front veneer. I did not have enough spalted maple to make the drawer fronts solid, so I resawed the maple to 1/8th and glued it onto the front. That’s right… I admit it.. I made fake half blind DT’s.

I decided to make the drawer fronts proud by that same 1/8. I really like how it turned out as I was worried I would not like it. I also had to mix up the DT pattern so I could include a worm hole that goes through one of the DT’s on the side.

I finished this cabinet about 3 weeks ago.

Anyways.. that’s not what this entry is about.. its about a different hanging wall cabinet I just finished. I have been working on a small box that includes some live edge and when I was milling my material I stumbled upon a piece of box elder that I had forgotten I had. Well… it dawns on me to mix the live edge of the box I am making and the wall cabinet that I just finished…

I decided to make it as large as the board would allow me. So I drew up my concept on some paper..

Please don’t make fun of me… drawing strange shapes on ISO paper is hard… anyways, I knew what I was doing. Unfortunately I did not take very make pictures of the building process, but the joinery is pretty self explanatory when you see it.

Here it is all done.. Front

Left side:

Right side:


I also took a picture with the top drawers pulled out a bit to show the joinery on the inside of the drawer.

I had to back order the drawer knobs that I want to use so I wont be installing them for at least another week.

Some notes regarding this project.
1. I spent years chained to that idea and it was not until I started studying old pieces that I relaxed on it, no just relaxed, but thumb my nose and even intentionally defy it in some cases, such as this piece. Don’t get me wrong… I make them as best as I cant, but I wont go at a snails pace to make them perfect. For example… I overcut the insides of half-blind and full-blind dovetails. No one is ever looking on the inside of these drawers and it takes a ton less time to chisel out the waste. Even the through DT’s I intentionally cut past my line a saw tooth or two just to give it that extra bit of ‘texture’. I feel that because of the live edge and ‘rough’ nature of this piece, those little details add a cool little element.

2. I did not really enjoy working with the box elder. Its pretty soft, and even with freshly stropped blades it did not cut cleanly. I ended up sanding the top and sides…. as Sara with no ‘h’ would say.. EW!

3. I have only been drawing my projects out on paper the way that I do for about a year… until that I made a really rough sketch on whatever was laying around just so I had some rough dimensions to go by. I am still figuring out how to put all my ideas on paper in this stage. Regardless, I never let the sketch limit ideas that might pop into my head while I am building.

4. Yes, I intentionally made the top drawers flush and the bottom drawers proud. I t was one of those moments as mentioned above that I thought it up, tried it and liked it so that what I did. I really like it adds another element of irregularity that is so prevalent in this piece.

Anyways… I love this piece. I think it is by far the neatest project I have build.

Thanks for checking it.

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#1 posted 03-13-2016 10:59 PM

As good as you could hope for when using firewood I guess….

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#2 posted 03-14-2016 04:31 PM

Both of those are really nice looking. I especially like the live edge one.

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