QSWO built in cabinet

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Project by edapp posted 08-09-2018 03:29 PM 915 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Working my way through our master bath/bedroom after a renovation. Added this built in linen cabinet in our water closet (across from the toilet) and plan to add an upper cabinet one day. This was my first built in which was fun because you can build it completely different and it really saves a lot of time (no back to this cabinet, built the face frame and doors independently of the case).

Only ran into one major problem… I didnt measure the diagonal width of the cabinet and realized after it was made that it wouldnt fit past the door casing. I had to cut off the back corner, and glue/domino it back together when installing it (it aint comin out!). Case is all 3/4” prefinished maple ply, adjustable shelf pin holes but no shelves installed yet. Drawers 1/2” prefinished maple ply.

Anyway I am happy with the overall project. Finish was easy and turned out pretty good I think: general finishes medium brown dye stain, arm r seal. Hardware from

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#1 posted 08-09-2018 05:58 PM

Looks good in place, thats what matters.

Are those obstacles to building a top half that you can see on the walls above? One I can’t tell what it is, 2 black/dark rectangles. On the first pic I thought electrical panel, but less so when enlarged. The other is clearly a door. Is that an old laundry chute. Or an access panel for plumbing?

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 08-09-2018 06:21 PM

Yes the upper cabinet would be a challenge and would likely above eye level up to ceiling height. What you are seeing are light/fan swich plates and an outlet plate that are dark. Not sure how I feel about them against the dark grey wall color.

The other box is a safe (itd be a big stretch to call it that, really a cabinet or locker). It started as a stack-on “in the wall” gun cabinet but I cut the back off, painted to match the wall color, and boxed in a dead space in the wall. The opening behind the door extends probably 2’ and goes up to the full ceiling height. There is quite a bit of room back there. The upper cabinet would begin above the top of the safe door. Being right off our bedroom, it provides quick access to its contents, is secure enough for our purposes, and is discreet. Will likely hang some artwork in front of it, possibly on slides or similar.

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#3 posted 08-09-2018 06:55 PM

Looks great! What kind of wood did you use for the exterior? The grain is very nice.

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#4 posted 08-09-2018 07:07 PM

quarter sawn white oak. Some of the grain is very nice, some of it (like the top) didn’t have much going on which is fine because it is mostly covered up now.

The panels in the doors are bookmatched but its kindof hard to tell in the finished product. The drawback to the dye stain is that it does cover up some of the more subtle rays… but it is very quick and easy.

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#5 posted 08-09-2018 08:16 PM

This is a beautiful piece and the wood looks great.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 08-09-2018 09:25 PM

Edapp, you are creating a beautiful space. It must be such a joy to see it every time you walk into it.

-- Art

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