Display Cabinet with marble top | Custom

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Project by Chris Davis posted 01-18-2013 12:11 PM 2401 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a 140” display cabinet that will be used for displaying a collection of clocks. It was built and installed in December 2012.

Lower Section
The lower section is made with a kitchen cabinet design. I lowered the toe kick and added two pullouts behind the door. The backs were left off to access electrical and other connections behind the cabinet.

Upper Unit
The upper unit was built to share a common face frame vertical. After installation it made it look seamless. If you notice an odd shaped stretcher on the lower back of the uppers, that is so I can cope that back side to fit over the existing wainscot molding. I didn’t want to remove any of that, if the customers decided to remove the cabinet down the road or to sell the house.

Counter Top
Marble was used for the counter top. The overall depth of the unit was 24”. I put true bottoms on the upper units so that marble wouldn’t have to cover that back area and 12×12 tiles could be used. The tiles were fit tight with no grout lines. The substrate that was used is just plywood with a build up on the bottom to make it 1 1/2” thick.

The Finish
We used a different finish on the top and the base cabinets. The base was a custom mix starting with Red Mahogany to match the existing wainscoting on the wall. The uppers were an off-white lacquer.

Installation was done in two phases. The first was to install the everything but the trim. After the tile was on we came back out and fit a band of trim around the marble top.

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#1 posted 01-18-2013 03:53 PM

Nice write-up. Thanks for sharing.


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#2 posted 01-18-2013 04:32 PM

Very nice looking display cabinet.

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#3 posted 01-18-2013 06:01 PM

Wow! fantastic big projects, it’s super build and great finish.


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