Record Player Cabinet in Sapele Take Two

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Project by kyngfish posted 12-31-2020 08:24 AM 1023 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About a year ago I built myself a record player cabinet which I posted on here.

A few months ago, a local guy asked me to build another, but in a slightly larger format. The taller and deeper, longer size allowed me to make some changes, and I’m really happy with how the second version turned out.

This is the first project where I’ve taken rough-cut lumber down to a finished product – starting with 8/4 stock, I resawed the boards, used a thickness planer and jointer and milled everything down myself. For a lot of the joinery – specifically for the frames and legs, I used a Japanese saw and chisels – hand planes, and I found it immensely satisfying and rewarding. But it was also a ton of work. I definitely undercharged for this piece, but I’m glad I got to do it.

I’ve linked the other project here for reference, but the major changes are as follows:

- I felt like 3/4 inch stock felt thick and ungainly, so I milled everything down in this project to 5/8 inch, except for the legs, which I left at 3/4 and I feel like it gives the piece a much more refined look.

- Speaking of the legs, I shortened them for this project, and used a half-lap joint for the angle to the runners going toward the center of the cabinet. They look elegant, but also much much stronger than the dowels I used last time. Much more stable design.

- I retained the 45 degree grain pattern on the door, and the new drawer, but I added a frame around it, which I think gives makes it a little more elegant as well. Next time I think I’m going to do a diamond pattern.

- I bought a festool rotex sander and a festool router for this job and holy *&# the finish is much much finer and I got there much much quicker.

- Lastly I feel like the proportions on this project worked much much better, and even though I have limited space for my personal record cabinet, I think I’m going to try to redo mine in a similar design but smaller format.

Lessons learned are too long to list. Let’s just say there are a ton of errors that I managed to fix, and I’m happy with the outcome. I also have a better resew blade on order because that was a pain (laguna resew king).

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#1 posted 12-31-2020 10:57 AM

Very nice mid-century piece. Nicely constructed and I agree that 1/8” less makes it read lighter. Everything 3/4” has a certain heaviness to it. Very good.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#2 posted 12-31-2020 03:25 PM

Very nice! Now imagine, no sand paper and hand made wooden Planes, perhaps some shadow tapering?
Welcome to James Krenov’s world:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 12-31-2020 05:39 PM

show room quality !

-- derek / oregon

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#4 posted 12-31-2020 05:50 PM

What’s a record?
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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#5 posted 12-31-2020 05:50 PM

What s a record?
Well done.

- ohwoodeye

Stuff is back in style. :)

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#6 posted 12-31-2020 11:30 PM

How did you finish the wood? Oils, Lacquer, anything?

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#7 posted 01-01-2021 01:01 AM

How did you finish the wood? Oils, Lacquer, anything?

- mikeber

Osmo polyx wax. Satin. I like it for most woods. It’s not quite matte and gives a good luster. Non toxic. Not a lot of fuss. And if the finish gets scratched you just lightly sand and reapply.

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#8 posted 01-01-2021 01:40 AM

Beautiful job! I love the style and overall finish.

-- AJ

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#9 posted 01-04-2021 11:48 AM

Very nice!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#10 posted 01-13-2021 11:42 PM

i love the angled grain—great design decision.

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