My first piece of furniture

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Project by Oldtool posted 03-05-2013 03:02 PM 2675 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was my second in woodworking, from 2003, and was undertaken to fill a need for our game room. The idea came from a Wood magazine, cover project from the March 2003 issue. When I saw the magazine while hiding from my wife in the grocery store, I decided to try my hand at this woodworking stuff, to make a small refrigerator cabinet for the grandkid’s pop and juices.

When I made this, all materials came from the big box store, pine S4S, and I now know that I could have made 3 or 4 of these for the price of the wood versus what I now pay at the saw mills. Of course the saw mill wood requires a little more preparation, but that’s what woodworking is all about.
Also, when I stared this project, I had but few tools, only a router and some hand tools. (hammer, Sears panel saw, etc.) I had no clamps, so I used strips of plywood with wood blocks drywall screwed & wood wedges for pressure. Trim was from the big box store, the molding, door knobs, etc., and the hinges from a new found woodworking source, Rockler. I bought a “dovetail saw” at big box, to cut the dovetails on the drawer, and it was worth every bit of the $8.00 or so that I paid for it, LOL. I haven’t used it since then, cuts like a sharp rock. I plan to use it again though, to learn how to re-file hand saws.

Well, since I was pleased with the results of this build, and most importantly so was the wife, I decided to take up woodworking for something to do in my retirement years, which started about 2 years ago.

Thanks for looking, have fun working the wood.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#1 posted 03-05-2013 03:29 PM

Nice Job!

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#2 posted 03-05-2013 03:32 PM

Very nice work great job.


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#3 posted 03-05-2013 03:56 PM

I prefer your “shaker” version over the magazine cover’s. Amazing challenge for a first time project.

-- “Don't yet rejoice in his defeat, you men! Although the world stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again.” —Bertolt Brecht

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#4 posted 03-05-2013 05:39 PM

Looks great….. but when do we get to sample the contents?!?

-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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#5 posted 03-05-2013 06:24 PM

Very nice. I really like the layout of the doors and drawer. Lots of functionality in this project.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#6 posted 03-05-2013 06:31 PM

Nice cabinet and whenever you please the wife then the whole house is pleased.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#7 posted 03-05-2013 10:16 PM

very nice cabinet

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#8 posted 03-05-2013 11:05 PM

I like it!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#9 posted 03-06-2013 02:52 AM

It has a ole country look to it. It would make a fine piece in anyone’s home.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#10 posted 03-06-2013 03:48 AM

I like how you centered your first piece of furnature around a bar. Call it what you like, but its a bar. Woodwork…. cocktail hour…we see how you are.
Very nice job!

-- MrHart

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#11 posted 03-06-2013 03:59 AM

Nice job. Well done

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#12 posted 03-06-2013 04:34 AM

If this is what you can do with crappy tools, no need to buy any other ones! :-) And we can’t have that…

Excellent piece of work, for sure. Congrats, and enjoy the hobby to the fullest!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#13 posted 03-06-2013 04:35 PM

Thanks all for the complements.
MrHart, I prefer to think of it as a medicinal storage unit.
bonobo, didn’t plan on Shaker, just bought what big box had on hand. Thanks.
Jerry, I just shoveled 11” of snow in my driveway, no desire to drive up to your neck of the woods where 11” is just a dusting.
Smitty_Cabinetshop, I’ve bought all kinds go tools since then. It’s my new addiction.

Thanks guys all,

Happy woodworking

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#14 posted 03-06-2013 06:04 PM

You did a really nice job on this hutch.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 12-07-2013 01:38 AM

Very nice

-- Nikki

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