Home Office Cabinets

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Project by dvhart posted 02-23-2010 07:13 AM 4417 views 8 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When our second child came along, I had to give up my office for her bedroom. We had a nice unused nook in the master bedroom which I built these cabinets and the mahogany counter top for. The cabinets are pre-finished birch with painted poplar face frames. I am particularly proud of how the decorative end-panels came out on the base cabinets, although in retrospect I wouldn’t miter them with the face frame in the future on paint-grade cabinets. A simple butt joint is easier to make, just as strong, and nearly invisible when painted. I didn’t do my planer any favors running 12” of counter top through it either.

-- Darren

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#1 posted 02-23-2010 07:15 AM

Nice lookin built ins.

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#2 posted 02-23-2010 07:22 AM

@Dennis: Thanks. These are my second set of cabinets. Get a little better each time I think.

-- Darren

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#3 posted 02-23-2010 06:11 PM

Nice caninets. Did you remember to take to little guy out before you installed them? LOL

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#4 posted 02-23-2010 06:22 PM

@Rex: Got him out, kicking and screaming – he loves the cabinets. He even helped me apply the sealer to all the raw bits that wouldn’t get painted.

-- Darren

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#5 posted 02-23-2010 07:06 PM

Nice cabinet, looks even slicker with a nice Ubuntu background !

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#6 posted 02-23-2010 07:48 PM

@loupitou06: More OSS geeks on lumberjocks? I’m in heaven ;-)

-- Darren

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#7 posted 02-23-2010 11:17 PM

Very nice cabinets, but I really like the finish on the top. How did you finish the mahogany top? Is it honduras mahogany or african mahogany?

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#8 posted 02-24-2010 02:12 AM

@Topspin, it’s actually Phillipine Mahogany (Luann I think it’s called) – the cheap stuff :-) I used General FInishes Light Brown Water Based Dye Stain. I first wet the surface thoroughly to raise the grain and sanded it back smooth. I then applied one coat of the stain, which raised the grain more, so I let it dry and applied a 1/2 lb cut of Zinsser Universal Sanding Sealer (100% wax-free shellac). This stiffens the fibers for easy sanding, fills some pores, and seals the well stained area. I sanded this smooth again and applied the stain once more, which raised the grain a tad more, but not so much that I had to restain after another coat of shellac and a light sanding. Lastly I applied 3 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Oil & Urethane Topcoat.

-- Darren

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