Craftsman Corner Cabinet

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Project by rodneyh posted 01-03-2013 08:03 PM 2547 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished this corner cabinet for my mother-in-law. Wanted to build her something special for Christmas as her mother just passed away. I’ll be delivering it tomorrow if my wife will let it go.

The design was based on the 100 year old glass panels I found on craigslist (from a fireplace), and my desire to make it similar to a Stickley 719 bookcase. Turned out to be 50” tall, 30” wide, and 18” deep. The door hardware is a good match to early Stickley hardware that I found very reasonably priced on The other Stickley elements I incorporated are the thru tenons and the curve at the top of the sides. The top, middle, and bottom shelves are all fixed with thru tenons. This took some time to figure out, and I finally ended up doing the joinery before actually gluing up the shelves. The other 2 shelves are moveable. The back is made of unglued splined boards that are about 5” wide. These are set in a rabbet in lower, middle, and upper rails, making 4 “panels”. Wood is all quartersawn white oak, except the back which is a mixture of QS and flat. Finish is dye stain, sealer, gel stain, and wipe on urethane (40% poly, 40% thinner, 20% tung oil).

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#1 posted 01-03-2013 08:05 PM

Very skilled! Exceptional..

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#2 posted 01-03-2013 08:12 PM

Great looking project! Love the combination of white oak, glass, and the hardware.
Nicely done!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 01-03-2013 08:56 PM

Beautiful cabinet and excellent tribute ,very fine work.


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#4 posted 01-03-2013 09:15 PM

Very nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 01-03-2013 09:51 PM

great job

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#6 posted 01-04-2013 01:30 AM

Beautiful workmanship! the ML will be very happy.

-- Better looking at it than for it....

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#7 posted 01-04-2013 01:45 PM

Very nice!

-- Doug...

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#8 posted 01-04-2013 03:32 PM

Finding the glass and then making the cabinet around it is the artist and craftsman in you at its best. Good work!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#9 posted 01-04-2013 03:46 PM

Excellent job! Wonderful use of those glass panels, utilizing a very nice design. Great job on the color and finish. That’s some nice QSWO. I’ve done the same thing with some glass panels on a couple of built in book cases. I’m going to have to learn how to do the leaded glass one of these days. Your wife should be inheriting that piece back one of these days, then you can pass it on to your kids. Thanks for the post.

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#10 posted 01-04-2013 03:59 PM

I admire the innovative use of the re-purposed material. Beautiful craftsmanship resulting in a piece to be proud of for generations!!!

-- No matter where I go, there I am.

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#11 posted 01-05-2013 03:09 AM

Sir, you have my respect. Beautiful piece, beautiful finish and a great save on the glass. Thanks for posting!

-- There are times when a mistake is remembered as your best work.

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#12 posted 01-05-2013 05:16 PM

The cabinet is beautiful, great wood, nice hardware and joinery

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#13 posted 01-06-2013 12:21 AM

Thanks for the kind words everyone. Life keeps getting in the way, so I won’t deliver it until tomorrow. I’ve negotiated a settlement with my wife. 1st, it’s only on loan, probably for 20-30 years. 2nd, I’ve started a book shelf / china cabinet thing with a couple larger leaded glass windows that I’ve had sitting around for a year or so. It’s my 1st project in a new pile of QSWO I picked up last month. It came from a HUGE tree, and some of it is up to 25” wide (and truly quarter sawn). Finally planed some of it down today. It’s the best looking lumber I’ve ever seen. Best part – $3 BF. I’m going back next week to buy any of it he’s got left.

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#14 posted 01-06-2013 12:34 AM

Beautiful corner cabinet!

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#15 posted 01-07-2013 04:17 AM

Really nice piece. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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