Small MCM cabinet

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Project by BOBAH posted 03-22-2021 07:32 PM 1298 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We decided to replace floor lamp in the living room with a smaller desk lamp, but we didn’t have anything in the corner to put it on. So I designed this cabinet with sliding doors – solid 1” cherry box, with sliding doors made of ~.5” bookmatched cherry boards and ebony handles. All joinery – three loose tenons per joint, all mortices made with router.

To make the base visually separated, I applied boiled linseed oil to the base only. Top coat – ~5 layers of wipe-on polyurethane from General Finishes, applied to both body and base.

This is my second build in mid century modern style – it will be in the same room as MCM coffee table I built last year.

For a while, I used this atmospheric lighting as a light fixture there:

Then, finally, found permanent lamp that better matches the style:

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#1 posted 03-22-2021 08:54 PM

Nice looking MCM piece 8^)

Love the cherry and black ebony works well, nice and understated, it’ll just get even better with age!

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#2 posted 03-22-2021 09:02 PM

Love the cat lamp. Looks like nice light coming from the eyebulbs! :)

Nice work on the cab tho. Especially the bookmatched panel.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#3 posted 03-23-2021 10:05 AM


Nicely done!

-- Petey

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#4 posted 03-23-2021 04:56 PM

Looks great, looks like cat approves.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#5 posted 03-23-2021 09:57 PM

Book matched doors turned out really good. The simple ebony handles are perfect for mid century modern.

-- Jamie, Red Deer

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#6 posted 10-07-2021 06:11 PM

Thank you guys.

I have updated the description with lamp pictures – finding appropriate lighting was another journey.

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