Buffet/ China Closet in Oak

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Project by poopiekat posted 05-20-2021 08:05 PM 568 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After attending a neighbor’s open house, I was awestruck by the starkness of the interior. We’ve been in our house for a very long time, and no longer see the encrusted accumulations of cookie jars, teapots, miscellaneous papers and collection of creams and ointments that populate every square inch of horizontal surface. The wife and I came to the conclusion that we could either de-clutter (difficult), or just create a cabinet to house it all, (easy).

So this project will further our goals, 1.) to rake off all the crap and hide it in a new piece of furniture, and 2.) to strive to avoid buying any of the materials going into this project. From my pile of roadside salvage came the doors, upper and lower, and sheet goods and cutoffs primarily from H4H Re-Store. I resisted the urge to just go out and buy new hardware, when I have 2 rollaways top and bottoms full of perfectly good hardware and fasteners. Even the stains and finishes are as much as 20 years old, but they performed like fresh, new material. Even the amber shellac was 8 years old!! I avoided the use of this stuff for fear of it not drying right, or whatever.

All to say that I’m trying to observe the mantra of reduce, reuse, and recycle. Yup, I put a dent in my lumber pile, and made something worthy of houseroom. In fact, I was able to free up some space for 47 half-sheets of Arborite and Formica!! So I’ll be doing some laminating projects next, which should chew up a bunch of old crates and make even more room.

Oh, and this cabinet is 40” X 14” X 86” high, with adjustable shelves. It will get used well, I’m reassured.

Hope you like!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#1 posted 05-20-2021 08:39 PM

PK, nice cabinet build. I applaud you for reusing some of the great stuff you have accumulated. Every second chance has a shot at greatness.

I have slowed down, but there was a time I was in some HfH restore or the other several times a week. I was probably thought of as a picker. :-)

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 05-20-2021 08:40 PM

That’s a very nice and very impressive piece. Almost like something from my Grandma’s house back in Iowa.

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Don W

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#3 posted 05-20-2021 08:50 PM

It looks like it’s been there forever. Nice job

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 05-20-2021 09:08 PM

Thanks, all for the nice comments!

My wife was the one who first noticed that the door millwork and hardware were an exact match to our current kitchen, which was done 30 years ago.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#5 posted 05-21-2021 12:00 PM

Nice, PK! Looks well built and it fits the space well. Great job of reuse!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 05-21-2021 10:09 PM

PK, real nice work!

-- Petey

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