Martini Cabinet finally completed.

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Project by Ken90712 posted 02-08-2016 04:03 PM 2454 views 2 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve have been doing a blog on this and have received some great feedback and suggestions. Thx everyone, I loved all the comments and support. Blog

Well I finally get to check this off my list as I finally finished Blondie’s Cabinet on Tuesday. She has now finished unpacking and setting up her collection of Martini glasses. Wow we have alot, ugh.

Big Thx to my Dad who helped design and work on this for the first cpl weeks with me. I had a great time during his visit from Michigan and spending all that time in the shop together was priceless. It was a comical series at times with us telling one another how things should be done. Lol. For example, how big it should be. Good times….

This project took 2 month’s after workdays and on weekends. It was made from scratch with no plans other than on a napkin. ( Well scratch pad, napkin sounded better.) 

 Its solid Maple with soft close doors through out & 3 levels of LED lighting with a dimmer. Stainless steel backsplash for the lower bar serving area. Top is 2 inches thick, stained with trans tint dyes I came up with. 

Retractable powerstrip with 3 outlets that hides away if not needed. ( thought this was cool ) I finished the cabinet it with shellac with a few drops of amber dye first. I then made my stain color with 2 parts pickerd oak and 1 part cherry. I Sprayed 12 coats of General Finishes Satin Lacquer and rubber out.  My Earlex 5500 got a workout.

She is big and heavy, 5 feet long, 7 feet tall and  2 1/2 feet deep. 
Door handles are martini glasses on top and shakers on bottom found on Ebay.

Blondie is happy which is a good thing. Lol

Thx again pops. 

Thx for looking and all comments are appreciated.

Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Tab®|PRO

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

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#1 posted 02-08-2016 04:09 PM

Wow, beautiful work!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#2 posted 02-08-2016 04:12 PM

A great project there Ken…if you were closer I’d swing by with a bottle of vodka to christen this beautiful piece in properly!

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#3 posted 02-08-2016 04:27 PM

Great job!!! it’s always nice to get a long term project complete. Question, why the heck is the margarita machine empty??? :-)

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#4 posted 02-08-2016 04:27 PM

That’s quite a show piece. Well Done.

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#5 posted 02-08-2016 04:30 PM

Very very nice, that will bring a nice addition to any home .

-- "The Cedar King"

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#6 posted 02-08-2016 04:37 PM

“Excellent job Number One. I’ll take mine shaken, not stirred.”

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#7 posted 02-08-2016 04:46 PM

Awesome cabinet, Ken! Love everything about it!

I see from the last pix that there wasn’t much overhead room to spare. At least you didn’t have to cut yours in half to get it out of the workshop.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 02-08-2016 04:50 PM

Thank turned out well Ken!

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#9 posted 02-08-2016 05:53 PM

That is absolutely awesome. If Blondie is happy then everybody is happy. Love the martini pulls. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#10 posted 02-08-2016 06:22 PM

Beautiful work Ken and thanks for sharing. It was great following your progress on this project.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#11 posted 02-08-2016 06:23 PM

outstanding – a fine piece of furniture

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#12 posted 02-08-2016 08:02 PM

Stunning… Beautiful… Extravagant… Gorgeous… Fantastic… Awesome… COOL!
... you name it… Words are hard to find to give it IT’s Best…

You will never forget the Part your Dad added to it… Wonderful experience!

LOOKS just GREAT! (thought of another word :) )

Thank you very much!

Now, it looks like you are experts in mixing The Martini… Care to share?
Looks like you Shake instead of Stir…
I would like to try your recipe / method if you want to share it.
... we use Vodka instead of Gin… what do you prefer?

Thank you for sharing this project… it was real FUN watching your progress!

Take care!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#13 posted 02-08-2016 08:24 PM


A great project with a wonderful finish. It is awesome. Thanks for the blog and the pics. Enjoy.

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#14 posted 02-08-2016 08:44 PM

Beautiful! A lot of skill & patience!! Payed off for sure!!!!!

-- Ted, TX or PA

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#15 posted 02-08-2016 10:12 PM

Very beautiful piece sir.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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