Display Cabinet - The biggest, the tallest

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Project by BertFlores58 posted 06-06-2010 02:41 PM 1762 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Quite big and tall. The total height is 210 cm. or around 7 ft. The width is 160 cm. This was customized to fit the dividing wall. At least she is in the position now. We had maneuvered a lot to get it inside the house because the main door is only 7ft high only. We need to lay it on the side in entering the door. Once inside, we need to maneuve again to put it upright because it was touching the ceiling. I was about to take out the top moulding.

The wood used were recycled and reclaimed.

All vertical posts are made with YAKAL .. wood that are commonly used for staircase, railroad and other house posts. It is so dense and very hard. I have to use a portable electric planer to get it done. All the joint use mortise and tennon.

The 4 shelvings, two pieces bottom part 20 inches depth and the two upper part are 14 inches depth. This was made from boards 2×3 cut into two and glued together. A framing of hardwood IPIL was used joined by spline. Radius was made by routing. I use a special method by fixing a rod in my working table being the center and on the other end is the router with 1/4 bit.

The walls are grooved to post and frames. Again, recycled crate special yellow pines were selected. Instead of using thicknessier, sanding was used. The walls on the back on the top part were 5/8 thick and glued to the frames with 1/4 dado. The lower part were 3/4 thich division and side walls.

The doors were made from TANGUILE .. nearly same as LAUAN or MAHOGANY. Glass frames style. Mortise and loss tenons were used on all joints. Special hinges were used.

Glass shelving were 1/4 thick. The quarter round glasses were smoked to avoid accidental banging.

Such a big job, I was thinking I could not finish the job. The only time I’m working with it is Saturdays and Sundays whenever there are no appointments.

Hardwood YAKAL is not an easy task to join. Even screw will just break. Need to be precise in joint.

Dados, groove, T and G, and many others.

Glass fit shelves and doors,

Making a quarter round of splined 2 inches framing as well as 1 in thick.

The only lacking on the above pictures are the door handles which I am planning to fabricate.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 06-06-2010 02:48 PM

VERY NICE!!! What a job!!...and with recycled and reclaimed wood.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#2 posted 06-06-2010 03:07 PM

Bert, The different woods really adds an interesting look to the project. I like the radius top and molding. Did I understand you correctly? This is one piece of furniture and not two pieces. Wow! That had to be tough to move. Over the years, since I work mostly by myshelf, I found part of my designing process was how to make a large piece of furniture in more then one section, so it would be easier to handle. Not only during delivery, but while I was building and finishing it. Once it’s in place and screwed together, it becomes one piece. If it ever has to be moved, it can be seperated again and easy to handle. Great job though and it looks right at home along that wall. Hope you will show us some pictures when you get the handles fabricated.

-- John @

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#3 posted 06-06-2010 03:11 PM

Wow! Thats a big piece to move as one.
But I have to say it looks great, love the contrasting woods with glass.

-- Doug...

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#4 posted 06-06-2010 04:00 PM

John, Thanks a lot, Yes radius top and molding… I am just learning what carpentry words “radius top and moulding”. We call it here in Filipino.. CORNIZA … spanish probably. It is not a problem I think for this big cabinet, I was confident about the strength of the YAKAL and the mortise and tenon joint. Furnitures here in Philippines usually in one piece no matter how big. As long as it get through the main door, it will not be a problem. It was my error of understamating the rollers.. My plan was to use 1 1/2” but due to weight I changed to 2” so the height was just exact. What a lesson learned.. By the way, your work are really excellent…

Thanks to Doug and Cozmo35

-- Bert

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#5 posted 06-06-2010 05:24 PM

unique design well done

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#6 posted 06-06-2010 05:44 PM

Nice looking unit. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 06-06-2010 06:28 PM

Looks great, Well done. Thanks for sharing.

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#8 posted 06-06-2010 09:36 PM

Nice display cabinet.

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#9 posted 06-07-2010 03:59 AM

Great work, Bert. I’m guessing that once being a welder/fitter you just had to work with the hardest wood you could find. lol Man that must have been a bear to get in place. That is one big piece of furniture and no broken glass getting it in place. Keep them coming. I really enjoy your work. Rand

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