Contrast Cabinet

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Project by Carbide posted 06-15-2013 03:57 PM 1341 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I originally built a toilet topper cabinet out of red oak (It is the last one pictured) and I was going to put it in my half bath remodel. It was pretty unique but I felt it was not unique enough. I’m all about originallity… So I decided to build a new one with contrasting woods. I used red oak for the box, face frames, and raised panels and for the door frames and crown I used walnut. I finished it with Minwax Polycrylic water based to prevent ambering of the oak. Since the actual raised panel part is only about 1/2” wide the panels were extremely hard to make without mistakes. Actually it is pretty dangerous working with such a small piece along a huge raised panel bit. All of the door frame pieces have to be cut to exact length for everything to fit together correctly. Getting all of the pieces together and lined up before the glue dries is also another chore. These are the most complicated doors I have ever built. So what do you think guys? Does the contrast look good or should I stick with the original plain oak?

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#1 posted 06-15-2013 07:34 PM

Man… that looks great! Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 06-15-2013 11:38 PM

You’re going to get a lot of opinions on this one. For me, I guess it would depend on what the room looked like. But, just for an opinion, I think the contrasting wood is too classy for a bathroom. Of course, If it really fits the rest of the room then, I’m wrong.

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#3 posted 06-16-2013 12:12 AM

Great looking cabinets both of them, for me I like your first version but that’s just me. Like Gary said I think your going to get a lot of opinion on these two. Just depends on if you like contrasting woods and also what the room looks like. But as I said both are great cabs….

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#4 posted 06-16-2013 03:21 PM

the contrasting one

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#5 posted 06-18-2013 07:21 PM

They both look good with paint and the natural look. Well made and well designed cabinet, like the raised panels. Excellent work!

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