Wine and Liqour Cabinet

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Project by Brent Livingwell posted 02-20-2008 03:03 AM 3826 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One day I deceided to take an open wood working class at the local high school. I needed a project so I went walking through the mall and found a bar/ liqour cabinet that caught my eye. I checked the construction and it looked like the materials were low grade and it would be easy to replicate. I was astonished when I checked the price tag…$1000. So I went to their website, and started drawing. I went to class and started building. I was frustrated that this is mostly a table saw project, and the class had only one table saw. So i bought a table saw and then a biscut joiner. I finished the project at home and fell in love with working wood. Since then I have purchased at least $1000 in. tools, so I guess it would have been cheaper to just buy the cabinet. This cabinet is made of Cherry Plywood and solid cherry. I am waiting to build a wine rack in the lower left space as soon as time and money allow.

-- Things of the greatest worth are from the Earth. If you tell yourself that something is "close enough" it is it again.

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#1 posted 02-20-2008 03:09 AM

GREAT Job——-look at it this way you have the cabinet plus your tools to build so MUCH MORE- so in the long wrong you save quite a bit of money.

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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#2 posted 02-20-2008 03:11 AM


That is very impressive for a first project. That is a piece to be proud of. If you think you are addicted now, just wait. The hobby does not get less addictive.

Keep up the good work!

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#3 posted 02-20-2008 04:13 AM

Hi Brent,

This is a very nice project irrespective of when, in your woodworking career, it was built. But being as this is your first project it is nothing short of remarkable. Great job.

To share some personal history- my first cabinet was a cherry corner cabinet. It was so bad that I ended up putting it on the deck as a plant stand.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 02-20-2008 04:34 AM

Brent, You have an eye for woodworking. But first project, come on now , you have skill, tools and now knowledge. You should keep an eye out for wood pallets, construction scraps, and yard sell items that “You” can convert into treasures. “WE” lumber jocks are more than addicted to woodworking. We have splinters in our blood. Keep on building man, we are there for you. By the way, I am borrowing your design that you borrowed. Ha Ha.


-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#5 posted 02-20-2008 05:27 AM

This is really a great piece. Congratulations!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 02-20-2008 05:34 AM

Great story and great piece of work. That $1000 in tools was an investment.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 02-20-2008 09:05 AM

this is great, now i want ot build one of these
tim aka cobra5

-- tool time tim aka "cobra5"

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#8 posted 02-20-2008 01:29 PM

Very nice piece. I agree with Gary. That $1000 in tools is definitely an investment. While you spent that much in tools, the cost will need to be prorated over every piece you ever build with those tools…not a bad cost at all, now is it? ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#9 posted 02-20-2008 01:43 PM

great looking piece of furniture, and you say it’s your first woodworking project! If your ever in Maine, and need a job, look me up…..

-- Mark, Hancock Maine, [email protected]

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#10 posted 02-20-2008 02:55 PM

You sniffed the sawdust also. Welcome to the group! As I like to call us all the sawdust crack addicts group.

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#11 posted 02-20-2008 03:13 PM

I say with a first project like this $1000 was a very small price. Can’t wait to see what comes next. You did a fantastic job on this one. Great work.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#12 posted 02-20-2008 03:58 PM

Great first project, great project period. I found myself looking at the top with the doors closed, wondering how it could be made to look seamless. Not that you’d want to change your creation now! I wonder if the top were two equal-sized blanks, hinged at one side, if you could mount the bottom blank on drawer slides so that it would move away from the hinge side, then fold out across the opened doors. Well, I’m rambling, and it’s irrelevant, but fun…nice work!

-- Robb

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#13 posted 02-20-2008 11:42 PM

Great project. Welcome to your new addiction.

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#14 posted 11-22-2009 03:42 AM

Just came up on Roll the Dice. Great first.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#15 posted 01-29-2012 06:33 PM

You can draw! Your think outside the box! LOL You are driven. And you can cut straight! Wow! Look around and you will be inspired. Look forward to seeing your creations.


-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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