Shaker Wall Cabinet in Cherry

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Project by Mark Osbourne posted 12-03-2007 05:08 AM 16491 views 12 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This hanging wall cabinet was built as part of a series of classes taught by Glen Huey at the Centerville OH Woodcraft store. This was our third project, the first two were a shaker style step stool and shaker wall clock.

The cabinet is solid cherry and finished with Minwax Antique Oil finish. This was my first time cutting a raised panel door and it was easier than I’d imagined. Glen likes using cut nails on projects from this era, so the back is shiplapped and nailed to the case and shelves. The knob is also the lock for the door, you can see the latch in the open position in the second picture.

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#1 posted 12-03-2007 05:11 AM

This is such a nice project and it looks like great craftsmanship!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 12-03-2007 05:16 AM

This is another beautiful project -

It also looks a bit aged…how long has it been finished?

Does the Minwax finish you used have a stain component? Is that the “antique” part of the mix?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Mark Osbourne

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#3 posted 12-03-2007 05:33 AM

Dorje: The cabinet was built in the spring of 2006, but I didn’t get any finish on it until this spring. It spent most of the time in my basement shop, so any aging is just normal cherry oxidation and not from sun exposure. Minwax Antique Oil finish is basically a tung oil/varnish/thinner mix and doesn’t have any stain or dye that I know of. It’s hard to come by now (not exactly sure why) and I’ll probably just mix my own in the future.

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#4 posted 12-03-2007 06:09 AM

Thanks for the follow-up…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#5 posted 12-03-2007 06:21 AM

This is a beautiful piece! I like the simple clean design and crisp craftsmanship. Cherry is one of my favorite woods!

How cool to spend some time with Glenn for a class!



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#6 posted 12-03-2007 01:30 PM

Very nice piece. It would be nice to take a class from Glen. I really like his work.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 12-03-2007 04:04 PM

My my, that cherry looks fantastic. Nice job.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 12-03-2007 04:21 PM

Beautiful piece!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 12-03-2007 07:29 PM

Very nicely done! I’m surprised that nails were used with the shiplapping. I thought that the purpose of the shiplapping was to allow for wood movement without there being any gaps. A dado cut in the top, bottom and sides to accomodate the thickness of the lapped boards would have allowed them to float and the use of nails would have not been needed. Please, let me know if I am wrong in my thinking, because I don’t have the benefit of a class, just articles in woodworking magazines and books. It is a beautiful piece! How did you cut the raised panels?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#10 posted 12-04-2007 07:47 PM

Another great piece. The craftsmanship puts it over the top. Just wonderful.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Mark Osbourne

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#11 posted 12-04-2007 11:53 PM

oscorner: the back boards are just lying in a 1/2” deep rabbet, if there were more depth to the cabinet, I guess we could have just trapped the boards in a dado, but the depth is only about 6” overall. The outer boards are only nailed near the middle of the board allowing both edges to float. I probably should have cut the center board in half instead of leaving it whole, but I didn’t have any more width left to do that. If it does eventually split due to the cut nails, I’ll pull them and replace it with a two board replacement.

The raised panel was done on the tablesaw. I believe it was a 12 degree angle on the bevel. We then cleaned up the edges of the raised portion with another pass flat over the saw with the blade up just 1/8”

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#12 posted 12-04-2007 11:58 PM

Nice shaker cabinet. Change the first sentence in your project description. You call this a clock.

I like the grain on the two boards on the left the sap wood that follows the same curve.

Nice chest. Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Mark Osbourne

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#13 posted 12-05-2007 12:04 AM

Karson: thanks for noting the typo, I’d copied from the clock project to get the link and stuff and missed that part.

The sapwood curve was a happy accident, but it does look nice.

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#14 posted 12-05-2007 02:15 AM

Great old classic design, this turned out very well.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#15 posted 12-05-2007 02:49 AM

Very nice. I especially like the knob as lock detail.

-- Chelle

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