QSWO Mission Style Media Cabinet - M&T

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Project by RustyHacksaw posted 06-20-2017 09:43 PM 1832 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished this beast. This is my biggest project yet. When I started it 4 months ago, I had a lot of questions. I came to the forum for help, and I appreciate all of the advise I got from you guys.

There are nearly 80 mortise and tenons on this piece. To start this project, I picked up a Powermatic mortiser, and wow was it awesome. I used it to cut all the mortises on this piece. Then about halfway, I picked up a Domino, and I used it for various things throughout to finish up, drawer construction, attaching the top, and various bracing inside the cabinet. It started as a sketch in a notebook and design changes happened along the way. I don’t use sketchup, and I’m coming from a hand tool background so I couldn’t even tell you the thickness of the parts, I just work to layout lines, faces, and shoulders marks.

Figuring out the drawers about did me in. Figuring out how to add the padding pieces on the inside to mount the drawer slides… blah.

The piece is all White oak, most of it quarter sawn. The legs are 2.5” square. All of the spindles are mortised into the rails. The shelf is oak, the drawer boxes are maple, with an oak front. Hardware is from Lee Valley. Finish is:

Red Mahogany Dye
Arm-r-Seal Seal Coat
General Finishes Java Stain
Arm-R-Seal Original finish.

My most ambitious project to date. I am very proud of how it turned out; and couldn’t have finished without the help from you guys in the various forums. Thank you.

*Edit – The first pic is too “red”, not sure why it tinted that way. it is much more brown in person.

10 comments so far

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#1 posted 06-20-2017 11:17 PM

Looks great, love the design

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 06-21-2017 12:11 AM

What a great piece, I especially love the through tenons and the hardware
well done

-- I love the smell of coffee in the morning, and sawdust in the afternoon

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#3 posted 06-21-2017 01:08 AM

Great job! Love this lines and through tenons. Job well done.

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#4 posted 06-21-2017 02:32 AM

Absolutely outstanding in every way.

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#5 posted 06-21-2017 04:22 AM

This is very nice. Style is spot on. Good work.

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

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#6 posted 06-21-2017 11:59 AM

Beautiful piece and congrats on a job well done!

-- Doug...

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#7 posted 06-21-2017 01:53 PM

This is a beautiful piece and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 06-21-2017 07:16 PM

Thanks men. I appreciate it.

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#9 posted 06-21-2017 07:54 PM

great looking piece… congrats on expanding your game

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#10 posted 06-21-2017 08:08 PM

This turned out great! Really like the through tenons and your hardware choice. And the finish came out nice as well.

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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