Maple Pantry Cabinet

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Project by BigRedKnothead posted 11-13-2014 03:14 AM 3180 views 7 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Happy to post the pantry cabinet I built for my brother and sister-in-law. I keep pouring myself into this craft I love. Along the way I’ve had the opportunity to build beautiful and useful things for the people I love. It’s a pretty good gig.

With this piece, my sister-in-law was able to give me a pretty good idea of what she wanted with pictures on the web. She’s got one of those kitchens that just don’t have enough food storage. I’ve got a pretty good feel for her taste, so she kinda just let me run with it. The birdseye and the tinting were ideas that evolved during the build.

In the pics you can see it’ll provide plenty of storage for food….and wine above;) The picture from the side shows just how custom that piece was made for that space. It clears the baseboard by 1/4 inch.

The Build:
It’s kind of a hybrid kitchen cabinet/furniture pantry. The case is made of maple plywood. The drawer boxes are 1/2” birch with Blum undermount soft close slides. All the rest is solid maple. Including the birdseye maple for the drawer fronts and door panels.

I blogged a couple aspects of the build here:

The finish:
I went with Transtint vintage maple dye on the birdseye maple. This was a first for me and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Basically, I applied a darker water-based mixture for the first coat, then sanded it back after dry. Then, I made a lighter mixture and applied another coat. Sealed them with zinnser sealcoat (dewaxed shellac), and satin poly. The rest of the cabinet just has satin poly.
I’m fairly happy with the way the figure in the maple is displayed. You can’t tell in the various pictures that it changes with the light.

Here’s a few pics of the build.




Last, folks might think I’m crazy, but every piece has a soundtrack for me. A song or album that sticks with me during that time. Here’s the song for this build:


“He’s found a place to Love and be Loved.”

Take care, Red

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#1 posted 11-13-2014 03:26 AM

That cabinet looks great Red, nice job. I like your finishing process. Why do you mix the transtint with water instead of alcohol or some other solvent? I’ve used the dark vintage maple before with good results.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#2 posted 11-13-2014 03:46 AM

a real beauty red

the contrasts from doors and drawers
to the cab itself
really highlights this piece

very nice

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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August McCormick Lehman III

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#3 posted 11-13-2014 03:48 AM

That looks very nice red!!!!!!!!
Almost as tall as you

Your an amazing wood worker my Freind someday I want to be like you men.


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#4 posted 11-13-2014 03:48 AM

That is a beautiful piece of work !

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#5 posted 11-13-2014 03:56 AM

Classy all the way Red. Love how the birdseye turned out.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works -- ~Non multa sed multum~

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#6 posted 11-13-2014 03:58 AM

Nice work, Red. Bet they are happy with it!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 11-13-2014 04:15 AM

Thanks folks.

Allen- I think I was just going by the directions on the transtint when using water. I know some folks like to use DNA, I may have to try that as well.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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David W

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#8 posted 11-13-2014 04:29 AM

That is one great looking cabinet. That birdseye maple really stands out the way you finished it. Can’t wait till I’ve learned the skills to be able to make something like that.

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#9 posted 11-13-2014 04:45 AM

Awesome job, Red. Fits perfectly, and the build is beautiful.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#10 posted 11-13-2014 05:52 AM

Very elegant form, Red. The birdseye is just the right understated decoration.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#11 posted 11-13-2014 06:07 AM

It came out well.
Great job.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#12 posted 11-13-2014 07:08 AM

Very nice addition to their kitchen Red. It looks great!

-- 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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#13 posted 11-13-2014 08:17 AM

I really love the colors. Superior craftsmanship.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#14 posted 11-13-2014 11:51 AM

Great work Red! I’m a sucker for the Birdseye and the transtint really makes it pop….really nice.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#15 posted 11-13-2014 01:34 PM

well to add to the rest, this is a beautiful cabinet, i really love how the tinting went, and the overall finish really suits this piece well, they are blessed to have you to make them such nice pieces…if they ever move, i hope they will take it with them, this is a real solid piece and you did very well, another one to add to your gallery…:) and some happy faces in the family.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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