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Project by builtinbkyn posted 01-15-2020 02:51 PM 713 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project that has been in my shop for the better part of six months, accumulating dust and dings while it was shuffled around to in order to complete other projects around the house, including the backyard projects I posted a while ago. It’s the first time I had to put a project aside rather than plowing thru to then end – a very different experience for me. Generally when I start to work on something everything is clear in my head about the design and the process to get to the final product. I’m usually able to achieve what I set out to do. The time off from working on this, changed that.

The design was originally going to have sliding doors and hidden drawers. Along the way to finishing, unforeseen circumstances caused changes and those changes in design caused issues such as a shelf with the grain running the wrong direction as a didn’t have enough of the ply remaining for the correct orientation. There also are grooves that I had routed earlier in the process for the sliding doors that now remain as some kind of odd detail. I had intended to use some Zebra wood for the doors that was left over from another project, but discovered what I had wouldn’t be enough because of cracks in the stock that went unnoticed. This left me short of material with no immediate source for more. So I made a change to the design without thinking thru the ramifications.

The carcass is made from 3/4” Sapele veneer plywood with solid walnut edging. The carcass is assembled using biscuits. The drawer fronts are also solid walnut. The drawer boxes are made from 1/2” Baltic Birch ply and assembled using box joints. The finishing schedule is de-waxed shellac followed by a few coats of medium Danish oil and a few coats of Maloof oil and wax.

I guess I can say I learned from this experience and I’m happy to have a place for my files other than in cardboard boxes :)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)





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pottz

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#1 posted 01-15-2020 03:13 PM

beautiful credenza bill love your design and wood combo.we gotta talk about your shop though ya gotta dirty it up a bit,at least when you take the pic’s so we know you really make dust-lol. just joking i love a clean organized shop.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 01-15-2020 03:16 PM

That’s absolutely gorgeous. So is your shop. Good lord, that shop…

-- Matt - Colorado

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#3 posted 01-15-2020 03:27 PM

Very nice! LOL, made me think of a little box that needs to be completed out in my messy, dirty and at the moment rather cold shop!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 01-15-2020 04:16 PM

Wow that’s a spectacular job. You really got your mid-century modern vibe down. Beautiful!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#5 posted 01-15-2020 04:43 PM

Nice work, Bill! Looks like you recovered from all the bumps in the road.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 01-15-2020 05:33 PM

Bill, outstanding craftsmanship as always. I like the design and would never have guessed that it was only a fallback position.

-- Art

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#7 posted 01-15-2020 05:39 PM

Well done as usual Bill :-) I for one don’t really care for your shop and wouldn’t take it if you offered it to me. I also hate beautiful women, good steaks and great beer.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 01-15-2020 05:46 PM

Beautiful, and the story behind it, typical of some on my own projects. They evolve over the process.

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

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Andre

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#9 posted 01-15-2020 06:58 PM



Well done as usual Bill :-) I for one don t really care for your shop and wouldn t take it if you offered it to me. I also hate beautiful women, good steaks and great beer.

- HokieKen

YA! and especially a nice Highland Single Malt :)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#10 posted 01-15-2020 07:23 PM

Bill – I think what Kenny is trying to say is that he would be willing to find it a home and help you out with your shop.

I really like the grain on the drawer fronts. Where did you get the handles? I need to find some larger handles like yours for the closet cabinets I’m making. They won’t be nearly as nice as your credenza.

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

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#11 posted 01-15-2020 10:39 PM

Nice recovery, I don’t think anyone would know you had a few problems with this build. It came out looking like you planned it that way.

What kind of wood is on your floor, it’s really beautiful and it appears unfinished.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#12 posted 01-15-2020 10:53 PM

Thanks everyone. I did learn something from this build …..........to have some patience….. as I was getting frustrated by the turn of events along the way. I kept telling myself it would soon be over. :O But I guess all in all, it’s not all that bad. I’m happy to have it in my office.

Oh my shop certainly shows the signs of being worked in, especially in some corners that go un-photographed. Also, I guess no one noticed the pile under the assembly table lol

Earl I purchased the handles from eModernDecor. Pretty good prices and quick shipping. Found them using an image search for long cabinet pulls.

John the floor is a 79 cents per square foot laminate from the big orange store. Remember things always look better in photographs, including floors and furniture :p

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#13 posted 01-15-2020 11:25 PM


John the floor is a 79 cents per square foot laminate from the big orange store. Remember things always look better in photographs, including floors and furniture :p

- builtinbkyn

Well don’t I feel foolish?

-- John D, OP, KS

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builtinbkyn

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#14 posted 01-16-2020 01:26 AM


John the floor is a 79 cents per square foot laminate from the big orange store. Remember things always look better in photographs, including floors and furniture :p

- builtinbkyn

Well don t I feel foolish?

- awsum55

I wish I used some kind of natural wood, but I do have to say, this floor is pretty hardy and it sweeps up in a jiffy. It also makes it easy to move equipment around the shop.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#15 posted 01-16-2020 01:37 AM

Beautiful job b’i’b’... Nice move on the walnut edging… the handles, simple but elegant…

Sure beats my swing out file credenzials,

Say no more…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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