Sewing Cabinet with Inlaid Metal Tile Accents

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Project by Ron Stewart posted 09-05-2021 09:00 PM 591 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this storage cabinet to hold my wife’s sewing machine and related accessories and supplies. It’s made of 3/4” maple plywood with solid maple trim. It’s roughly 39” wide and tall and 12” deep and has two adjustable shelves.

Each door is a plywood slab with two inlaid metal tiles, maple ‘X’ accent inlay strips, and maple trim. The door pulls are from Hickory Hardware (Streamline HH075280FO).

The metal tiles are the focal point of the cabinet. We bought them about 16 years ago from Carina Works in Austin, Texas (sadly, no longer in business as far as I can tell), and we’ve always loved them. We used them for a wall art project for our kitchen. We replaced that display with a photo gallery wall earlier this year, and we’re glad we could reuse a few of our favorite tiles.

The finish is General Finishes Polyurethane Water Based Topcoat (flat sheen) toned with GF Water Based Whitewash stain. For the black pieces, I used Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch 2x Flat Black spray paint.

For construction details, please see my series of blog posts or the SketchUp Model on 3D Warehouse.

Thanks for looking!

-- Ron Stewart

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#1 posted 09-06-2021 12:36 AM

That’s a nice looking cabinet, Ron. I enjoyed reading through all the build details in your blog posts. The tiles are quite stunning, and you’ve done them justice in the door inlays. From the finished product, you’d never know there was a struggle with less-than-optimal materials. Again, really nice job.

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#2 posted 09-06-2021 02:09 AM

At’s’a Nice! I really like those tiles! Well done.

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

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#3 posted 09-06-2021 03:37 PM

Thank you, Ross and Steven! I really appreciate your comments.

-- Ron Stewart

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#4 posted 09-06-2021 06:55 PM

Great use of the tiles Ron. Outstanding piece!

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#5 posted 09-06-2021 10:14 PM

Thanks, TimV!

-- Ron Stewart

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