Cabinet Conversion (pc:Repurposing) #1: It's a start - maybe

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Blog entry by greg48 posted 09-08-2015 07:40 PM 1214 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Between honey-do’s, I am taking on a project that the client is actually willing to pay for my time and materials to convert an old cabinet into a wine/liquor cabinet that he hopes to sell on e-bay or somewhere, that is, if I can quote him a price that will leave him some room for profit.

I brought the cabinet home to measure up and repair some old structural damage and here it is on the bench.

The cabinet measures approximately 30” high, 23” wide, and 19” deep, made of Mahogany with 1/16” veneer on the wide faces. The cabinet is in fair structural condition having only two loose joints and a cracked foot (which had been nailed back together). The joints look to have been originally held together with hide glue and corrugated fasteners. I pulled the joints together with pocket screws & glue, and the foot simply re-glued. When the doors are closed, there a 3/16” gap which I assume was filled with an 1/8” bead detail strip missing from the left door which I will have to reproduce. The inside of the cabinet sports two shelves which float in dadoes, which will make their removal relatively easy. An interesting feature on the top of the cabinet is a hidden slide out butler tray that is likely to go away.

I drew up some options for the conversion, and the client selected this one:

The top will feature a hinged lid that will open up to a shallow mirror lined box to hold cocktail/shot glasses. The remnant of the lower cabinet will be divided vertically, one side to hold 8 bottles of wine, and the other side with an adjustable glass shelf to hold bottles of liquor. With some minor filling of shelf dadoes, and the closing up of the gap for the butler tray, the project should come together rather straight forward. The really good news is that the client doesn’t want the entire cabinet refinished to retain the “patina?” of the original. As you can see in the pics, this unit has a lot of “patina”.

Now putting together a prospectus for the client. If he is in agreement, I will continue to post updates. If not, then not. Any suggestions on how many $millions I should expect to make??

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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