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Project by SpartyOn posted 11-05-2019 11:58 PM 1601 views 5 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have lurked on this site for a number of years but have never posted a project. I didn’t believe any of my projects were worthy enough to post when compared to all of the great woodworking that is posted. However, I am proud of my latest project, a “library card file cabinet” made for a friend. She had looked for a couple of years but couldn’t find what she wanted so I agreed to build it for her.

The dimensions were made to fit her foyer and are 44”h x 49”w x 12”d. Stained white oak (per customer) finished with 4 coats lacquer for everything except the pullouts and top which are satin Arm R Seal. The 36 drawers just about kicked my butt! This definitely added to my skills and has given me confidence to try more furniture projects.





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recycle1943

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#1 posted 11-06-2019 12:09 AM

Well, as nice as this is I’m pretty sure you have some really nice projects around that you can share with as much pride

-- 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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#2 posted 11-06-2019 12:24 AM

Very nice first project post. Looking forward to seeing more. I have a library card file or apothecary cabinet on my To Do list.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#3 posted 11-06-2019 12:25 AM

That’s a nice one. Much better than my first post which was a mallet I used to make most of the other projects during the next year.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 11-06-2019 01:30 AM

Nice project!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 11-06-2019 03:59 AM

Absolutely gorgeous! Well done!

Cheers!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#6 posted 11-06-2019 05:11 AM

I totally love it. There’s a lot in your design I want to add to my bench top drawer cabinet. Thanks.

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#7 posted 11-06-2019 05:43 AM

This is absolutely fabulous! Your friend had to be ecstatic when she saw the final product. I absolutely love all the little drawers. I made something similar (but not nearly as nice) to store stuff in my shop and all the drawers were quite a challenge.

Thanks for sharing and keep posting those projects!

L/W

-- Voltaire: “Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities” There are 112 genders (not including male and female) https://dudeasks.com/how-many-genders-are-there-in-2021/

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#8 posted 11-06-2019 08:33 AM

Nice piece. I bet after 36 drawers, you won’t shy away from a project because it has a drawer.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 11-06-2019 08:57 AM

Thats a real fine cabinet. What type of runner have you used for the drawers? And I like the upper pullouts too, from the first photo I thought they were just a trim detail.

-- WWBBJ: the first to compare a woman´s cheek to a rose was a poet. The second, an idiot. Dali

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#10 posted 11-06-2019 12:19 PM

That is a lot of drawers! Looks great

-- Petey

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SpartyOn

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#11 posted 11-06-2019 01:00 PM



Thats a real fine cabinet. What type of runner have you used for the drawers? And I like the upper pullouts too, from the first photo I thought they were just a trim detail.

- wildwoodbybrianjohns


Thank you very much. I simply used wooden (poplar) runners. Attached is a picture.

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#12 posted 11-06-2019 03:21 PM

very nice build you did a great job,so in the future dont shy away from posting projects we love to see what you do.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#13 posted 11-06-2019 03:46 PM

Looks great.
I too really want to make one but what do I do with it? Who buys them and what do they store in them? Really, what do you put in 36 drawers that size? ESPECIALLY THE BOTTOM DRAWERS?
“So where did I put my favorite pen”.......drawer #1, open, nope, close. Drawer #2, open, nope, close. Drawer #3, open, nope, close. Finally drawer #19, open, yes!, .......here it is! Now which drawer has my calculator in it?

I saw one build that had false fronts and it looked like 36 individual drawers but it was really 6 longer, wider drawers. That sure seems like the way to go. It’s such a beautiful but impractical project.

I must mention that the spacings around your drawers look flawless. That had to be difficult and that fact along is worth the Daily Top 3 all by itself. Congrats, well done!

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#14 posted 11-06-2019 03:57 PM



Looks great.
I too really want to make one but what do I do with it? Who buys them and what do they store in them? Really, what do you put in 36 drawers that size? ESPECIALLY THE BOTTOM DRAWERS?
“So where did I put my favorite pen”.......drawer #1, open, nope, close. Drawer #2, open, nope, close. Drawer #3, open, nope, close. Finally drawer #19, open, yes!, .......here it is! Now which drawer has my calculator in it?

I saw one build that had false fronts and it looked like 36 individual drawers but it was really 6 longer, wider drawers. That sure seems like the way to go. It s such a beautiful but impractical project.

I must mention that the spacings around your drawers look flawless. That had to be difficult and that fact along is worth the Daily Top 3 all by itself. Congrats, well done!

- ohwoodeye

It wasn’t a project, it was a commissioned cabinet and who cares if you don’t like the concept ? gheeeeezz

-- 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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SpartyOn

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#15 posted 11-06-2019 05:23 PM



Looks great.
I too really want to make one but what do I do with it? Who buys them and what do they store in them? Really, what do you put in 36 drawers that size? ESPECIALLY THE BOTTOM DRAWERS?
“So where did I put my favorite pen”.......drawer #1, open, nope, close. Drawer #2, open, nope, close. Drawer #3, open, nope, close. Finally drawer #19, open, yes!, .......here it is! Now which drawer has my calculator in it?

I saw one build that had false fronts and it looked like 36 individual drawers but it was really 6 longer, wider drawers. That sure seems like the way to go. It s such a beautiful but impractical project.

I must mention that the spacings around your drawers look flawless. That had to be difficult and that fact along is worth the Daily Top 3 all by itself. Congrats, well done!

- ohwoodeye


I agree totally that it’s impractical. I even suggested to the client false fronts or cabinets for the lower half but that is not what she wanted. She didn’t care about practicality, just looks. I made what my client wanted.

Thank you for your kind comments. And yes I had more than one restless night worrying about the drawers all lining up vertically and horizontally and with the spacing fairly even.

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