The Dead Cabinet

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Project by BirdlandCreations posted 04-05-2008 07:27 PM 3214 views 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First off I’d like to say this was a co-creation by my friend Nic Kaufman and I. The Dead Cabinet serves for my roomates and I, and this furniture piece is very special to me because of my appreciation for the Grateful Dead. It is 6 and 1/2 foot tall wiith a four foot circular door. The bolt is made out of cherry, the face details is made from walnut, the white looking wood is poplar, and the box is Willow. The eyes and teeth slide out as drawers with small cubbies underneath. The inside is felted blue, red, and white with a nice lightning bolt design in the middle counter area o the top inside area. There are little oil painted wooden cut outs of grateful dead symbology. We have a top cabinet, two small cubbies, a drawer, and varied spaced areas. This comes in great use for storage of books,music, and crystals and gems. This project really built my confidence level where I want it to be.

Began creation in January of 2007 and finished with all the sanding and finishing in July of 2007.


-- Steven Weber Jr., A Mile High @

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#1 posted 04-05-2008 07:40 PM

That’s pretty cool! Is there access to all the other room in the bottom?

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

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#2 posted 04-05-2008 07:56 PM

Really cool … I’m an old DEAD fan … wish I had it !

Welcome to lumberjocks !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 04-05-2008 08:00 PM

right on dan, just being grateful for the dead. The bottom area besides the cubbies is not accessable, which was not te worst concern for me considering about 4 feet of space above. but the poplar is screwed on then holes are cut out for the cubbies and drawers.

-- Steven Weber Jr., A Mile High @

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#4 posted 04-05-2008 08:31 PM

I’m no fan of the Grateful Dead but this is a very unique and interesting piece of furniture. Well done.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 04-05-2008 10:43 PM

Great job Steve. I figured it would have taken a lot longer to complete the project. It would have taken me forever. Thanks for the post and welcome to LumberJocks.

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#6 posted 04-05-2008 10:56 PM

that is AMAZING! Great job Steve!

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#7 posted 04-06-2008 12:11 AM

jerry smiles !

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#8 posted 04-06-2008 12:18 AM

Nice! I used to have a Steal Your Face painted on the hood of my car. How many shows have you seen? Maybe I’ll try to make a Phish Cabinet.

-- Tony, Ohio

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#9 posted 04-06-2008 01:13 AM

Steve, Welcome aboard. That is areally cool cool project. Nice finishes.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#10 posted 04-06-2008 07:02 AM


Hey now…
Great piece, Steve. This post is bringing out all the old Deadheads, Wharf Rats and all. The fact that you made it nearly 22 years after Jerry crossed over the Rainbow Bridge speaks volumes about the type of fans, and the legacy of the Grateful Dead. And it’s a very imaginative and well designed bit of design. mrtrim nailed it.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#11 posted 04-06-2008 01:03 PM

this is freaky. Amazing idea / work.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#12 posted 04-06-2008 01:33 PM

deb its freaky because your not old enough to remember the grateful dead ! lol huge points right there ! lol

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#13 posted 04-06-2008 02:03 PM

Inagodadavida and break out the ganja! I’m sure you will smile every time you look at this incredible piece! Imagination and wood are always in very good company!

-- Jeff, Santa Fe

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#14 posted 04-06-2008 02:49 PM

What a long strange trip its been. as folks go to hell in a bucket. A tribute to one of America’s finest bands of all time. I love your project. It is creative, well designed, and great fun. Congrats., The dead are a part of all of our history whether folks like it or not. I would love to see more pics of this to admire it from more angles.

-- making sawdust....

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#15 posted 04-06-2008 09:15 PM

“I will get by” great homage to the dead. You nailed it, no pun intended. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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