The Quiet Cabinet

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Project by Kaleb the Swede posted 11-29-2014 01:50 AM 2376 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Awhile ago I saw Marty Backe’s video on the vertical grain Douglass fir build he did. He spoke of looking in the home centers for a few minutes at the pine section. Sometimes you can find some nice Douglass fir. So I did and found a nice long piece of the stuff and brought it home.

This build was done primarily with hand tools. I have an 8 month old at home and when I want to have the time to woodwork it is penalty of death if I wake the baby (from the little wife). So most everything was done by hand. Hence the “Quiet Cabinet”. I also worked on this when glue was drying on my queen bed I am working on

I didn’t have a plan in mind or a purpose for this little cabinet I did it mainly to practice dovetails and to build a cope and stick(?) door which I have never done. I cut the grooves in the door with a quarter inch chisel. I don’t have one of those fancy grooving planes.

Oh yeah some guy snuck in the garage and made the drawer too small, so I fixed that idiots mistake by making a hidden compartment on the back.

Materials: Douglass Fir and pallet wood Red Oak

Finish: Tried and True Danish Oil (feels like silk, if you like Danish oil use it)

Size 15 inches high 10 inches wide

Mr. Backe’s video below

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 11-29-2014 01:59 AM

Very well made cabinet, Kaleb!! Fine workmanship, too!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 11-29-2014 02:12 AM

Well made looks great….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Kaleb the Swede

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#3 posted 11-29-2014 02:37 AM

Thanks very much Jim and Ken. It was a fun and relaxing build

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#4 posted 11-29-2014 03:44 AM

Will keep an eye out for the guy messing with you!

Nice build!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 11-29-2014 04:48 AM

I myself like building such small and relaxing projects.
Very well done, thank you for sharing.

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#6 posted 11-29-2014 06:59 AM

Pretty nice, you could make yourself that plane using the chisel?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#7 posted 11-29-2014 09:07 AM

nice work. what are you going to use it for?

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Kaleb the Swede

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#8 posted 11-29-2014 11:25 AM

Thanks again guys. As to what I am using it for, I still don’t know, just felt like building something.

I always forget about making the plane with the chisel. I just stuck two lines and chiseled carefully.

Yeah everyone look out for that guy that likes to mess up projects. He sneaks in all the time….

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#9 posted 11-29-2014 02:27 PM

Fine dovetail work by hand. Nice work. That guy sneaks over to my projects every once in awhile too.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 11-29-2014 02:39 PM

Great build and great post Kaleb – I like your title. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#11 posted 11-29-2014 03:38 PM

Genius putting that hidden compartment in there to hid stuff…. as long as you don’t show it to anyone… except the 1,875,324 of us of course…. smile… VERY NICE CABINET!

-- David, Norwood Mass, [email protected]

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#12 posted 11-29-2014 03:39 PM

It looks great Kaleb. Can’t believe the little guy is 8 months old already.


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#13 posted 11-29-2014 11:46 PM

Great project and story. The dovetails are to be admired.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#14 posted 11-30-2014 12:23 AM

Thanks again all. Means a lot

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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