Fire Extinguisher Cabinet

  • Advertise with us
Project by jack1 posted 12-24-2009 09:32 AM 1730 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend I taught with, has this common and not handsome fire extinguisher hanging in his kitchen. He asked if I had any way to hide it but still keep it within reach if needed. We settled on a small cabinet mounted in the same place he had the exposed extinguisher. His cabinets are a natural oak finish and so is the cabinet. The back is a rabbeted 1/4” maple panel to prevent racking and will be screwed through to the existing kitchen cabinet. Since the cabinet is in a high traffic area, I used 4 small brass screws to increase its strength. The rest of the construction is pin nails and Tite Bond glue. I made the knob of scrap oak bits and glued a magnet flush with the door stop to help keep the door closed but easily opened if needed. The dimensions are, 6” width, the depth is 5 1/2” and the height is 17”. The panels (except for the back) are planed down 1/2” thick red oak.
The unfortunate part of my story is that my friend because of advance diabetes, has lost his sight and will never see the cabinet. Worse yet, he was a music teacher and can’t read music any longer. He keeps a cheerful demeanor, a good attitude and is an inspiration because he never complains.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

8 comments so far

View OutPutter's profile


1199 posts in 4351 days

#1 posted 12-24-2009 10:13 AM

Nice work Jack and your friend should be commended for keeping the fire extinguisher in the kitchen.

Merry Christmas,

-- Jim

View TopamaxSurvivor's profile


18544 posts in 4036 days

#2 posted 12-24-2009 10:45 AM

Nice job on the cabinet. Too bad about your friend’s disability. There are so many people out there dealing with such issues, it make daily migraines seem so insignificant. Merry Christmas!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

View dustbunny's profile


1149 posts in 3656 days

#3 posted 12-24-2009 12:36 PM

This is a great looking cabinet.
I’m sure the surface is smooth, he will feel the beauty of the wood,
and the warmth of care that went into it’s making.



-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

View Mike's profile


391 posts in 3977 days

#4 posted 12-24-2009 12:40 PM

You go thru life meeting people like your friend and disabled VETS and then take stock in that your problems aren’t as big as you thought.

I think I am going to have to do something similar for my fire extinguisher now. Nice safety container.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

View patron's profile


13648 posts in 3701 days

#5 posted 12-24-2009 01:31 PM

hi jack ,
good to see you surfaced again ,
and in such a caring way !

nice cab ,
you were asked , not just because you can cut wood ,

but because of the caring person you are !

way to go , brother ,

and a merry christmas to you !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

View a1Jim's profile


117616 posts in 3938 days

#6 posted 12-24-2009 05:29 PM

Good job Jack

View FirehouseWoodworking's profile


733 posts in 3634 days

#7 posted 12-24-2009 05:33 PM

Very nicely done. Though your friend will lose his sight, he will learn to “see” with his fingers and every time he touches that cabinet, he will “see” you!

Merry Christmas!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

View DiamondWW's profile


85 posts in 3593 days

#8 posted 12-27-2009 04:46 PM

Well done. I am sure the cabinet is greatly appreciated.

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood, only smaller projects.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics