Sheet Music Cabinet II

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Project by Alan Young posted 04-27-2009 05:17 PM 2237 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a Sheet Music Cabinet I have completed.
Materials and constructions details:
Frame:Sapele. Side Panels -Anigre veneer with Sapele diamond inlay. Drawer front and Door Panel-Maple veneer with Sapele and Maple Diamond inlay.
Finish- Flat Black Oil paint-Shellac top coat

This cabinet is based on an previous music cabinet I designed and built for a friend and piano teacher.The first cabinet is shown here:

The first music cabinet had 6 shelves plus the pencil drawer. The new cabinet has the pencil drawer and ten shelves with a two inch spacing. I kept the diamond inlay design for the side panels and the door but I added a pair of diamonds on the drawer. I also changed the top from a pronounced lip to a recessed cove.


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#1 posted 04-27-2009 05:59 PM

This is very nice. In fact I need something similar so it would be a good project. Has anyone got an idea why sheet music should be stored horizontally on shelves, and not vertically like books?

-- Geir, Oslo, Norway

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#2 posted 04-27-2009 06:15 PM

Beautiful!! Great details, fantastic craftsmanship. Love seeing your projects. Thanks….....

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 04-27-2009 06:43 PM

I like the design.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 04-27-2009 07:50 PM

Once I finish my piano bench I might have to be inspired by this well done> Favorite Could you expand on the finish for me this is what I am looking for.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#5 posted 04-28-2009 12:25 AM

Very well done, looks like superb workmanship.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#6 posted 04-28-2009 02:39 AM

Geir – Back in the old days, sheet music was often printed on larger paper than a standard letter size (or A4) sheet. One piece of music might only have a few leaves/folios, so standing it vertically on a shelf would mean it flops or slouches over. Unlike bound books, it’s quite ugly to look at a shelf full of loose sheets…especially when they start to slouch over. Easiest way to keep your collection protected, pretty and accessible is with a large bank of wide, shallow trays. Same way one would have stored maps back before personal GPS devices came along.

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#7 posted 04-28-2009 03:15 AM

This must be something I really need! But need a bigger one though.

Keeping music sheets organized well is really a hard thing. Everyday you write or receive new sheets, so I have just too much to keep, it’s just a disaster when you need to find certain sheet from the pile. For now I just file 10-15 sheets each, in group of certain concert or lesson class.
I know I just need to be a organized person, but yes, I also want to know if anyone has good solution???

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#8 posted 04-28-2009 03:27 AM

Alan that’s a A+ great design beautiful build and great finish.


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