Corner Cabinet - Finally made some doors

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Project by 12strings posted 07-06-2012 07:34 PM 2163 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After a year and a half of sitting in my kitchen without doors, I finally finished this thing. The doors didn’t really take that long with the cope & stile router bits. I made the bottom 2 doors in about 2 hours, such that my wife wondered what I had been waiting for!

The middle section looks like 2 small doors, but actually folds down as a writing surface where we can keep track of our bills…It uses some some flush-hinges that are flush with the face of the cabinet when closed, but also flush with the bottom of the inside shelf when opened.

I made the center door first, and it turned out that the false center-line drifts about 1/4” to left from the top of the door to the bottom, such that the top 2 doors are the same size, but the bottom 2 doors: the right door is 1/4 inch wider than the left, I had to make them that way so the center-lines matched up. I told my wife that’s the kind of custom detail you can’t buy at the big box stores! :-)

Wood is Poplar face-frame and doors, Pine B/C Plywood for the carcass (back/sides & shelves). Early American stain (Minwax) and 2 coats Poly.

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#1 posted 07-06-2012 09:53 PM

Awesome work!!

-- skip I'm a maine maniac

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#2 posted 07-07-2012 06:15 AM

Nice Project! Thanks for Posting!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#3 posted 07-07-2012 06:39 PM


-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#4 posted 03-13-2013 10:41 AM

Nice job.A corner cabinet will protect your items while displaying them attractively.Corner Cabinets can definitely be a nice addition to your residence if you have corner spaces that can be used.

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#5 posted 04-07-2015 06:14 PM

There is a corner cabinet in my future, and I have looked at most (if not all) the projects with that tag here on Lumberjocks. Yours is far and away my favorite. I like that it is plainspoken and honest, no medallions or overdone moldings, no feet or culique-ey base. Just a well-done piece of freestanding cabinetry. I think it would be equally at home in a farmhouse setting or a contemporary loft, depending on the hardware detail. I am impressed. Did you use plans, or design it yourself? Either way, I am going to use it as my inspiration when I get started on mine. Nice work.

-- Caleone, Sammamish, WA

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#6 posted 04-07-2015 09:19 PM

Caleone, No plans…just made it up. It’s just 3 large pieces of plywood for the back, 4 fixed shelves (2 in middle, one as the top and one as the bottom, about 3-4 inches off the floor), and a face-frame. There are also 2 adjustable shelves on pegs with multiple hole options, one on top, one on the bottom.

There ARE actually feet, hidden under the bottom shelf and behind the faceframe, and inside the back pieces…such that the weight is not really resting on the front and edges of the case, but on 4 small blocks of wood…it raises the cabinet about 1/2 off the ground, and allowed for easy leveling by simply planing the feet instead of the whole bottom of the cabinet. (My floors aren’t level…if we ever move it, we’ll have to probably adjust the length of those blocks again).

Thanks for looking!

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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