Country Cabinet

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Project by SnowyRiver posted 11-16-2008 03:41 AM 3260 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My sister was looking for an old antique cabinet to display her Dept56 items. She wanted to set up her items in the cabinet, open the doors to display her collection during the Christmas season, then close the doors and let it stand until the next year.

All of the old country cabinets she looked at in antique shops were shaky and falling apart not to mention expensive for what she would get…she was worried about them collapsing with her expensive collection in it.

I decided to design and build her one. This one has 3 adjustable shelves inside and two drawers to store odds and ends. After assembling it and filling the nail holes, I went back and placed cut nails along the cabinet corners and along the cross braces in the front to give it that antique look. I distressed it, even adding a few worm trenches in the wood with a wood burning tool.

I also put lift off hinges on the doors so the doors can be easily removed for display. This way it doesnt take up a lot of room with the doors open. The cabinet is shallow (15”) so I built the bottom side under the skirt with extra framing and support to add weight and stability so it doesnt tip when the doors are opened.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#1 posted 11-16-2008 03:50 AM

Beautiful cabinet and the removable doors is a nice feature!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 11-16-2008 03:57 AM

NICE well done

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#3 posted 11-16-2008 04:41 AM

Neat looking cabinet.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 01-07-2009 11:29 PM

I think the no door look is awesome . Again the color of the project in the 2nd picture looks great . Which picture is closest to representing the true color of the project ? Isn’t it amazing how lighting affects the outcome ? Removable doors was a great idea : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 01-08-2009 12:28 AM

Actually the color is between the two pictures. It is amazing how the light affects the color. The cabinet is a bit darker than the light photo and a bit lighter than the dark one.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#6 posted 01-08-2009 02:48 AM

hahaha I know what you mean …Pictures can be the hardest part of the whole project : ) Thanks for the feedback

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 02-09-2009 07:51 PM

Love the rustic look. Really like the cabinet.

-- Janice

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#8 posted 12-28-2009 10:45 PM

wow the cabinet is just beautiful.. can i ask what stain for finish you used to get that color, it is amazing!

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#9 posted 12-28-2009 11:18 PM

crazy4wood…thanks for the nice comments. The cabinet is made from pine. The stain is oil based Minwax Early American. The cabinet was made about a year and a half ago. I hadnt seen it for quite some time, but when I was at my sisters the other day I noticed that the light has darkened it and I think it looks even nicer…it looks very old, much like the old pine antique cabinet that my sister was looking for at antique shops.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#10 posted 01-26-2010 11:18 PM

Very Nice – I like your design and your finished project. Great Work..

-- Patrick - DCFB

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#11 posted 01-27-2010 07:43 AM

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