whimsical apothecary cabinet

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my version of whimsical apothecary cabinet.

case, base & drawer fronts are all mahogany.

drawers from top to btm are 3,4,4,5,& 6” deep & 8.75” wide. front to back 14”

every knob/pull is unique.

finish comprised of;

. red & orange dye in IPA,

. brown stain,

. 4 tung oil (real stuff) w/ sanding to 400 while wet,

. old master’s wood grain filler w/ 25% cordoba stain,

. shellac,

. 13 wipe on poly wet sanded to 4000 every 2nd coat,

. auto polish & wax

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#1 posted 06-21-2021 05:32 PM

thats pretty wild,more pic’s would be nice, if you have any build pic’s also.hey how many stiches in this one ?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 06-21-2021 05:45 PM

I like!

I’ve a bunch of nice, but odd hardware (fish, frogs, lizzards, etc.) that would work well in a similar concept piece.

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#3 posted 06-21-2021 06:22 PM

Very nice. I so have the the itch to build one of these but really have no practical use for it.

-- "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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#4 posted 06-21-2021 07:50 PM

I like it a lot. The unique pulls make labels unnecessary. If you can remember that the brass screws are filed under “hippo”.

-- Pax - Maryland

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#5 posted 06-21-2021 08:23 PM

Very nice. Nice use of a batch of various knobs. Like it alot.

-- Ron

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#6 posted 06-22-2021 01:30 AM

That’s funny, and cute! Well done. Is the sandpaper in the “bares” drawer?

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#7 posted 06-22-2021 02:37 AM

great job.
IPA? meaning beer?

-- Jeff NJ

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#8 posted 06-22-2021 03:40 AM

I like that.

The trouble with banks of identical drawers is telling someone which drawer to find stuff in. Given the assortment of stuff mixed in drawers you almost need an inventory spreadsheet or a photographic memory of where everything is.

For those unfamiliar with the contents finding a given item can be a chore. Its soo much easier and faster to tell someone to look in the bin with the yellow duckies, even a child can find it.

Unique drawer pulls also allow interchangeable drawers without disrupting the “duckieness” of the specific drawer. Much easier than “3rd row from the bottom, 2nd on the right.”

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#9 posted 06-22-2021 04:06 AM

I don’t loan my tools, and know where all of them are. Having to tell one of my sons, “Top box, center row, 3rd drawer down” when asking for a tool, I consider acceptable. I do have a fairly good memory, though. It’s like a steel trap- what it doesn’t destroy, it mutilates.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#10 posted 06-22-2021 04:30 PM

the only whimsical I see are the pulls – the rest is pretty darn nice

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#11 posted 06-22-2021 04:41 PM

What a fun piece, what do you plan to keep in it?

-- John D, OP, KS

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#12 posted 06-22-2021 09:38 PM

Beautiful, the knobs are very creative

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

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#13 posted 06-23-2021 04:57 PM

That’s really nice.

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