Oak Bar Cabinet (my wife's xmas present)

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Project by Don W posted 12-17-2011 03:58 PM 5246 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wanted a Bar cabinet similar to one in her Pottery Barn Catalog. She typically finds something she wants and we “fix” the design. She suggested it could be a xmas present. It needs one more coat of oil, but should be 100% buy xmas. I even have a few bottles of wine from the Plymouth Bay Winery on their way to top it off.

I made a mistake on this cabinet. To read about it, go to the associated blog.

Native Oak self milled lumber
Metal corners from some old farm machine (I never seen the machine, the metal was laying under the ;leaves in the woods)
Tung Oil finish
Rusted screws from a helpful LJ.
Vintage bottle opener from a local antique shop.

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

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#1 posted 12-17-2011 04:24 PM

Wow that is one of my favorite LJ projects, I love the look of it. Leaving that one edge alone on the top just looks great. I like the joints showing through on the drawers. Great combination of wood and color.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 12-17-2011 04:29 PM

Nice rustic feel. I love the old bottle opener as an accent.

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

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#3 posted 12-17-2011 05:25 PM

Wonderful project, and isn’t it great when the wife lets you know what she wants and you can give that
perfect present that keeps everyone happy. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 82 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 12-17-2011 05:34 PM

It turned out great Don, way better than the inspiration piece. I too like the look of the drawers. Has she seen it yet? Very well done, a merry christmas for sure.

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Terry Ferguson

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#5 posted 12-17-2011 05:36 PM

Great project and blog. Head and shoulders above the catalog one. I have a special fondness for rustic furniture and this one has it all from the wood to the rusty metal. You created a one of a kind with special care from the log to finished piece. I like the way you turned the mistake into a better design. Your project has warmth and visual appeal – fun to look at and should be a pleasure to live with.

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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#6 posted 12-17-2011 05:54 PM

This has been a joy to follow Don. You’ve done a fantastic job. Better than the one in the catalogue in my opinion both in design and execution.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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David Grimes

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#7 posted 12-17-2011 07:38 PM

Great project, Don. It definitely passes the “I’d have it” test.

Thanks for sharing.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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Don W

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#8 posted 12-17-2011 11:44 PM

thanks for the great comments guys. I appreciate all the compliments.

Shane, my wife has seen it. She actually followed the process through and changed her mind a few times. The door was originally going to be glass, we originally was looking for angle iron corners, which went to just corner irons, until I found these strips in my metal pile. The shelf in the right opening is an after thought as well. The live edges were also not planed from the start.

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

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#9 posted 12-18-2011 01:57 AM

I love the live edge.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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