Shaker Style Cabinet from Traditional Joinery Class

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Project by paratrooper34 posted 09-19-2010 05:53 PM 3593 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello Fellow LJs!

Here is the Shaker Cabinet that I built during a week long class taught by Chris Schwarz.

The focus of the class was not necessarily to finish this cabinet, but Chris told us that if we wanted to finish it and did not have time within the class time, he would make time for those who wanted it done. I did not have mine finished when the class ended. In fact, it still needs to have the battens put on the inside of the door. However, I am going to wait to finish that detail when I get back to the States so I can use some period type nails. So all I had to do with it when I got home was to install the hinges on the door and put a finish on it. I used something called “Wachsoel”, some kind of German finish. Not sure exactly what it is, but I do like the finish it leaves. The cabinet is made of German Cherry Wood. It is a little soft, but it was nice to work with.

It was a lot of fun to build and I met a great group of guys during the week. If anyone ever has the chance to attend this type of class, go for it. It was incredibly informative and a great time.

-- Mike

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#1 posted 09-19-2010 05:58 PM

What a beautiful cabinet you have made.
I’m so jealous, to go and have a weeks class of woodworking with people full of passion, and a man as Chris Schwarz to teach.
Congratulation of the job.
Best of thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#2 posted 09-19-2010 06:36 PM

Very nice cabinet! I like the shaker style a lot, and this cabinet sure adds to it!

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#3 posted 09-19-2010 08:50 PM

I second Mads and such a warm tone that cherry have
congrats on both things
and the praise Chris give you in his article for helping him out

take care

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#4 posted 09-24-2010 04:34 PM

Hey Mike,

Nice job finishing the cabinet, i like the wachsoel stuff….might have to find some of that for mine

Dave, from the class

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#5 posted 09-24-2010 04:39 PM

real nice work! looks like it was a very productive class

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 09-24-2010 04:46 PM

That’s a very beautiful cabinet, paratrooper. I love the simplicity of the Shaker furniture. The wood is great and you have given it a fine finish. I am sure that you will remember this experience for the rest of your life and I know you must have learned a lot. Congratulations and keep up the good work!!!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 09-24-2010 06:51 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments everyone. It is a project that will hold a special spot in my home. Not only for its looks, but for the experience that led to its completion.

Dave! Great to hear from you! Send me your email address and I will send you the group photo we took of the class.

-- Mike

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#8 posted 01-06-2013 12:04 AM

Love this!! I saved it to my favorites. BTW, I am retired from the AF and grew up in Mass, many decades ago :)

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