Dining Room Cabinet

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Project by TheSnekkerShow posted 08-14-2020 08:12 PM 894 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to nail together a quick Saturday cabinet for the dining room to keep Tabasco sauce and other table clutter out of reach from a fast-growing toddler. The frame is made from ambrosia maple I cut from a tree that had been killed by beetles and knocked down in a hurricane. The hinge board and pull on the door are made from plum wood, which I cut from some trees that had been killed by ants and likewise knocked down by strong winds. The plum had already been dried and baked in the kitchen oven, but there were a few soft spots and some loose bark, so I stabilized it using epoxy thinned 50% with 190-proof Everclear (95% ethyl alcohol).

I was determined to finish the project using only materials I already had on hand, so the hinge is a cutoff from an old brass-plated piano hinge held on with mismatched stainless-steel screws, the magnetic catch is a neodymium magnet epoxied into the back of the plum-wood pull that sticks to a steel screw in the frame, and the door’s opening swing is restricted using some twine attached with two brass screws. Total out-of-pocket cost was probably under $10, including some epoxy, polyurethane, two keyhole hangers, and a shot of Everclear.

I probably would have finished in the same day, but I mis-drilled some of the holes for the shelf pins and had to enlarge them from 1/4” to 3/8”. Since the 1/4” shelf pins in my parts drawer would no longer fit, I had to make some new 3/8” ones out of wood. This was accomplished by first making an ash dowel using my table-saw dowel-making jig, and then rigging up a quick jig for the router table to cut the platform on the pins. Little by little the scope increased, joinery changed from nails to dados, and once I got the idea to attach the door using a plum-wood crotch cut, it became a two-weekend project. The original intent was to put it on the dining-room wall that was the least visible from other rooms, but after my wife saw it she wanted it on the most-visible wall instead. Feels good to get promoted by the boss.

I wish I would have done a complete build video, but I didn’t think it was going to turn out this cool-looking. I at least recorded the process of making the shelf pins, on my YouTube channel if you’re interested.

Ben —

-- Ben --

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#1 posted 08-14-2020 11:29 PM

Good looking cabinet.

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#2 posted 08-15-2020 03:55 AM

Very nice. I like the design you came up with and the way you featured that beautiful plum wood.

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#3 posted 08-15-2020 08:01 AM

Hot cabinet there TSS.

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

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