Simple Cabinet

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Project by Tom posted 10-09-2018 02:47 PM 1203 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted a custom cabinet for a small corner in my kitchen. I made a simple built-in cabinet that used the walls to frame out two sides of the carcase. This is one my very early projects and to be honest, I was kind of winging it. I used some power tools for the plywood panels and hand tools for the face frame and doors/drawers.

The face frame is made of maple and I used dowels for the joints. The plywood side panel is dadoed into the face frame. The doors and drawer face are joined with haunched mortise and tenon joints cut with hand saw and chisels. The drawer case in joined with through dovetails which I cut by hand. Most of the joints look pretty good, but there are plenty of gaps since I was very much in the learning stage with hand tools.

It is a very useful little cabinet. It holds a lot of small household items and we use the top for the telephone and as a phone/tablet charging station. Using the walls for two of the sides actually added some significant space to the interior and drawer depth.

The finish came out fine, but it is really nerve-racking after doing a lot of work on the build. Maple is kind of a quirky wood to stain and finish.

-- Tom

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#1 posted 10-09-2018 03:56 PM

Very pretty. Well done.

-- Ron, Montana

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#2 posted 10-09-2018 10:00 PM

Nice cabinet, and built in wins a lot of spaces that free standing would be difficult occupying. They allow all of those little nooks and crannies to be extra storage spaces.

“The finish came out fine, but it is really nerve-racking after doing a lot of work on the build. Maple is kind of a quirky wood to stain and finish.”

As much as Maple rejects stain, it just loves a dye job, water based rules. Plus with trial and error mixing of tints your color spectrum is much larger than any companies stain choices. Try it you’ll love it, especially on Maple. ALWAYS do your testing on some scrap of the same material, and sand prep it just as you have the project itself for the best results.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 10-10-2018 01:15 AM

Looks great. I think you got some nice color out of the maple. It plays nicely with the black top.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 10-12-2018 02:03 PM

Beautiful I love it

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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