White Ash Bedside Cabinet

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Project by CartersWhittling posted 10-04-2012 09:04 PM 4174 views 6 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch


This is a cabinet that I cannot take full credit for. The project was built between myself and another woodworking friend of mine. The cabinet was originally going to be built by my friend for his son, but for various reasons he got me to help out. The cabinet was designed mostly by him, the actually construction of the project by me and the finishing was done by him.

The cabinet is built from white ash and baltic birch plywood, except the bottom of the drawer which is oak plywood. The panels on the side gables are book matched and the two front door panels are book matched as well. I made sure the rails on the two front doors were from two boards instead of four so that the grain pattern flows across both doors. The majority of the parts are 7/8” thick with the top being about 1”. The drawer is guided by wooden strips under the drawer bottom. The drawer is built with machine cut dovetails (my friends decision, not mine) but I have to say they weren’t all that bad to make. All the hardware was purchased from Lee Valley.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#1 posted 10-04-2012 09:30 PM

Looks SO good!

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#2 posted 10-04-2012 09:32 PM

Beautiful job….. very nice. Also like your Bible verse.

-- Rick

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#3 posted 10-04-2012 09:37 PM

That is a very beautiful cabinet my friend.
You guys did an outstanding job.

-- Russ and Christina enjoying life with our two poochies!! :)

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#4 posted 10-04-2012 09:48 PM

Superb fit, and very tight accuracy all around, marvellous!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#5 posted 10-04-2012 09:50 PM

Nicely Done and one project both of you will not forget either….

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#6 posted 10-04-2012 09:58 PM

Good job.
Clean lines.
Nice joinery.
Beautiful color tones.
You guys did nice work.

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#7 posted 10-04-2012 11:04 PM

Great job on that cabinet!!!!...................Jim

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

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#8 posted 10-05-2012 01:29 AM

Bookmatching panels. Matching rails for the doors. This attention to detail makes this over the top.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#9 posted 10-05-2012 03:11 AM

Very nice! What would you estimate the Galoot index to be on this one?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#10 posted 10-05-2012 04:05 AM

The galoot index wasn’t very high, but it was present:). I did all the jointing by hand and I cut the mortises for the frames with mortise chisels. Although a lot of the work was done with electric tools as well. I used an orbital sander for surface preparation, router to cut the grooves and dovetails, and bandsaw and thickness planer for dimensioning. But like I mentioned, I didn’t design the project so hand tools weren’t taken into account. Even still it was an enjoyable project to build.

One thing I did note was that ash is terrible wood to hand plane. It is very hard and not the least bit forgiving when the grain slightly reverses. Unless ash is split from the log it is a hard wood to work with.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#11 posted 10-05-2012 04:14 PM

Another fine Job Carter, I hope that this project built a new appreciation for the craft in your friend. Hopefully
he will become another woodworking addict. very nice job with the book matching.. No need to apologize for using power tools, some projects just work better that way. Had you done this all by hand, your buddy would have been left out of the loop for most of the work.. this way you could both enjoy the build.. again Fine job.. keep up the great work.. Papa

-- Papa...

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#12 posted 10-05-2012 04:18 PM

Certainly no shame in the Galoot index. I only ask because I know you like your hand tools and have some nice ones. I know I pull out my power tools when I just really need to get it done as fast as possible. Sometimes that hand tools and sometimes its power tools. ;-)

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#13 posted 10-05-2012 04:59 PM

Looks good!
Nice work on this one.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#14 posted 10-05-2012 09:20 PM

You and your friend both have tremendous talent! Lovely cabinet!

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#15 posted 10-06-2012 12:55 AM

The cabinet is a clean design. Very nice work.

-- The greatest risk is not taking one...

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