A not lame small, cherry cabinet

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Project by ladiesman217 posted 08-07-2009 09:15 AM 2730 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this five years ago and it has been sitting in my bedroom ever since. When I was a lad, I used it as a liquor cabinet but as of two weeks ago, it sits in my mothers living room. I have never been able to design handles for the damn thing that I felt would fit it’s style so please, feel free to post any ideas. Also, I’m happy to hear criticism both towards my craftmanship and design.

About the cabinet: I built it from one piece of 10 foot 5-6/4 cherry and cherry ply.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

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Mike Gager

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#1 posted 08-07-2009 01:46 PM

interesting design. is the upper portion a drawer? kind of has an asian look to it, maybe you can find some insiparation for handles looking at other asian furniture?

IMO it almost needs some wooden handles, something contrasting to the cherry, maybe ebony or someother really dark wood

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Don K.

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#2 posted 08-07-2009 01:52 PM

Very nice….and I agree…some contrasting handles would be nice….but I would go the other direction, maybe some “White” handles….something like a bone handle. I think a white handle would be a nice contrast to the wood color and your design….but would not stand out so much that it took away from your work.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#3 posted 08-07-2009 02:03 PM

First off…This is a beauty! Your workmanship and the design are great!

I understand the dilema you face.The hardware adds so much to the overall design.They are the spice on your meal.This means its a personal choice of course,since everyones taste is a little different.But just because we really like a certain style,doesnt mean it would be the best choice for this piece.
The style that immediately came to my mind is something long and slim,in a contrasting wood.A long slender handle would compliment the oversized top and the elegant legs,adding balance.Possibly Mahogany or Walnut,maybe even Bloodwood.Maybe Cherry handles with a Maple insert would work too,but the Cherry will start out a bit lighter in color since the cabinet has already darkened a fair bit.
Just my opinion of course..

Try this:

Narrow down your possibilities.You have to decide on style,color,and size.

Cut pieces of wood to the aproximate size of the pulls you envision and using double stick tape,set them in place.You will know pretty quickly which path to take.

Check out the furniture designs posted on LJ to get even more ideas.

I salute you for being cautious,its too easy to get impatient and just grab something with a lot of bling that steals the show but ruins the design.

Be sure and let us see whatever you decide to use.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#4 posted 08-07-2009 02:46 PM

Very nice. I agree with Andy.

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#5 posted 08-07-2009 06:16 PM

the handles I would put on it or pattern after in wood!

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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#6 posted 08-07-2009 06:28 PM

I really like it.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#7 posted 08-07-2009 11:25 PM

I was thinking of something that is in the same wood that flaired on the ends, skeeter’s SS wold look good too. Very nice work :-))

edit: Just noticed you just joined, Welcome aboard!!

-- 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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#8 posted 08-07-2009 11:29 PM

How did you do that fine black-background group of photographs?

You must have a photo studio with a large backdrop and some very seriously good lighting gear. One shot appears to have been done with a standard camera with an on-camera flash, however.

Howard Ferstler

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#9 posted 08-08-2009 02:27 AM

@ ferstler-I was lucky enough to know a man that was a photographer so I took it to his basement studio and he took some marvelous shots-probably making it look better than it is. That lone shot was from a very, very old and very, very bad digital camera that I took last night.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

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#10 posted 08-08-2009 03:03 AM

Nice looking cabinet. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#11 posted 08-08-2009 05:20 AM

That’s a nice way of doing the breadboard ends on the top. I like that look. It’s some good looking work.

-- Which way did they go? Tell me, tell me I must know I'm there leader!!

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Matthew T. Smith

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#12 posted 08-15-2009 08:09 PM

Nice piece. Nice details.
Hardware selection, for me, is always one of the harder, and usually the last decision for my projects.
Although I agree with many of the responses you’ve rec’d that a dark (ebonized) wood tone would be very nice, I would also point out that you have introduced metal with the hinge projection. Just another option really.

For me, the overall proportion and feeling you’ve presented with the flaired projecting top might suggest that you play off of that and have vertically oriented, trapezoidal (wedge like) pulls mounted on the doors. You could perhaps have a horizontal pull of the drawer front that had beveled ends (when viewed from front) that corresponded to the slope of the door pulls. In other words… picture an upside down, slightly elongated triangle where the pulls derive their outside lines. I hope that makes sense. I can sketch things out much quicker than I can type into words. Good luck.

-- Matthew, North Carolina,

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#13 posted 08-23-2009 02:52 AM

Super cabinet looks fantastic


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#14 posted 03-24-2011 02:51 PM

Your morris twins reference you posted on one of my projects yesterday caught my attention – Rock Chalk! Hawks win 2 games this weekend by double digits!

But I have a practical comment for you. I’ve built a very similar cabinet (2 actually) that I use as nightstands in our master bedroom. Found these simple metal pulls at restoration hardware. They actually let me take a few home to “model” to decide if this is what I wanted. Might be hard to see in the picture, but worth a shot. If you want, I’ll try and take a better pic for you later.

P.S. Love the top design you did on your cabinet.

-- Gary in OP

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#15 posted 03-24-2011 04:49 PM


Thanks for the idea-I still haven’t attached pulls to the cabinet; I’ll go to Restoration Hardware this weekend. Is that quilted maple on you r cabinet/ It is gorgeous. Btw, I saw that you were in OP so I assumed you were a fellow Jayhawk. I sure hope KU gets to dance in the streets again like in 2008.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

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