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Project by Fred Hargis posted 09-07-2011 09:17 PM 4273 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just a cabinet, but with many firsts in my 40 year woodworking hobby. It’s the largest single cabinet I’ve ever built, and I built it with no plans (a first, I need plans for everything…or at least a pic and some dimensions). It was only a memory of what we saw in an Amish furniture store. But it was also the first six sided cabinet I’d built, making the clamping plan a little tedious. With no plans I built a mock up out of cheap chinese ply to get the angles and size where we wanted (another first). Due to it’s size and a complicated glue up plan, I used liquid hide glue for the first time on the entire cabinet…gave me much more wiggle time to get everything aligned. As it turned out I made more mistakes than I normally do. The biggest one was leaving the mostly completed cabinet set out in the sun to darken the cherry a little. It was on a furniture dolly and a sudden gust of wind blew it off the concrete onto the gravel, where it fell face first. Completely shattered on of the long stiles on the face frame. I had to remove it and replace it completely….about a 2 day job. For a finish, I chose garnet shellac. I’ve only padded shellac on smaller projects before, on one this size I padded the interior pieces prior to assembly, but I sprayed the exterior (first time spraying shellac) and was completely in awe at how easy it was and the nice surface it provides…a light rub with some 200 grit and it was glass smooth. There were some other things that made the list for the first time, but those are the biggies….glad this one is done so I can move on.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#1 posted 09-07-2011 10:00 PM

Very nice. I have been toying between a corner or regular cabinet myself. Just don’t know where I want the TV permanently. I can’t see the rest of the room but this sure looks like a perfect space for yours. 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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#2 posted 09-08-2011 12:37 AM

Nice Cabinet, Great job from memory, and doing it with no plans, got to love learning all the lessons, seems that is a big part of woodworking, looks like You have conquered all the obsticles, Nice work, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#3 posted 09-08-2011 03:28 AM

Beautiful cabinet, Fred.

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#4 posted 09-08-2011 04:11 AM

Great Lookin Cabinet

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#5 posted 09-08-2011 09:35 AM

Nice design and finish…good job.

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 10-22-2021 12:03 PM

That is a real attractive cabinet!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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