Cherry Cabinet

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Project by CL810 posted 07-23-2018 11:56 PM 2631 views 4 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This cabinet is difficult to describe in that it is not a typical pie safe or linen press. I used a family heirloom cabinet as inspiration for this that was my great-great grandmother’s cabinet. I estimate it was purchased in 1865-1875. Opinion as to what to call it are welcomed. The original is the last picture.

It is solid cherry except for the door panels and drawer. I used cherry plywood for the door panels and poplar for the drawer. For hardware I purchased hinges, pulls, and barrel stops from Horton Brasses.

The finish was one coat of Zinseer Sealcoat, 1 coat of Watco’s Danish Oil and 3 coats of Minwax Polycrylic varnish.

One area that required a new to me technique was the door trim pieces. Here’s a pic of old and new.

I made a scratch stock for making them.

By sliding the scratch stock over in the holder I was also able to make the beading for the hinge side of the doors.

I strayed from the original 3 times. The top, doors and legs. The original piece’s door the maker had just nailed some panels to the back of the doors which resulted in cracked panes. So I went with traditional panels instead. The legs and top I changed simply because of personal taste.

Questions and comments are welcomed. Thanks for looking.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#1 posted 07-24-2018 12:31 AM

Very nice work, bravo, you have use an heirloom cabinet and you just made another one.
thank you for showing, keep on the good work.

-- andrek

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#2 posted 07-24-2018 01:39 AM

Well done on reproducing the original heirloom cabinet. I have no idea what you would actually call it but I would call it a fine piece of work that you put a lot of thought and time into.

Did you put a finish on it?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 07-24-2018 01:56 AM

Turned out great!

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#4 posted 07-24-2018 02:03 AM

Excellent job and thanks for sharing! Well done!!

-- MAO (Indiana)

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#5 posted 07-24-2018 02:04 AM

Looks great. Nice work coming up with a way to make matching trim.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 07-24-2018 02:12 AM

What a classic piece! A wonderful piece of fine craftsmanship.

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#7 posted 07-24-2018 02:22 AM

That looks great, Andy. What is the function of the holes on the side?

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#8 posted 07-24-2018 02:23 AM

Very Nice Piece of work & well done also!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#9 posted 07-24-2018 02:36 AM

Very nice work, cl810.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#10 posted 07-24-2018 04:27 AM

Purity nice! Cherry is a wood that I Have yet to work with other than some cutting boards.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#11 posted 07-24-2018 04:28 AM

Beautiful cabinet in itself, and a great reproduction of the original. Another family heirloom for sure.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#12 posted 07-24-2018 11:33 AM

I was wondering about the holes on the side too – vents perhaps for drying items inside ? or more likely a 4 in port for a dust collection system :)

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#13 posted 07-24-2018 11:56 AM

I think it’s safe to say this is a winner. I like the newer version of the molding and the fact that you created it by hand.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#14 posted 07-24-2018 12:06 PM

Instant classic, I’ve heard that expression to describe a movie but have yet to hear it to describe such a beautiful piece of furniture so I’ll go first


-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#15 posted 07-24-2018 12:12 PM

This is an outstanding cabinet and so beautifully done. It displays a lot of nice details and fine craftsmanship.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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