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Project by luv2learn posted 09-10-2013 02:44 PM 4741 views 45 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, my Dec. 2012 issue of Woodsmith magazine arrives and what is featured on the front cover, an “All-in-one Craft Cabinet”. Well, it looked a lot like a sewing center to me. Ah, the perfect gift for my wife who uses our kitchen counter to do her sewing projects on. So, I said to myself, I will give this to her as an upcoming birthday present; I didn’t come close to that deadline. Well, OK, I will have it done as a Christmas present; didn’t happen!!
I had over estimated my abilities and under-estimated the complexity of this project.

Now it is rolling on towards spring and the outside chores are stacking up and this gift is still sitting in my shop partially completed. So, one morning I decided to spend a few minutes in the shop working on this delinquent gift before heading outside. Being somewhat in a hurry I used my thumb as a push stick while ripping a piece at the table saw. You guessed it, rather than going outside to do chores we are headed to the clinic where the doctor got to practice her sewing technique on my thumb. You ever try to do woodworking one handed? Well, now this project has literally caused me blood, sweat, and tears, and another six week delay. Not only that but the shop project has to wait on the backed up outside summer chores.

Well, I finally finished this delinquent gift up yesterday. My wife is happy and I am thrilled to get this project off my work bench. The base cabinet is made from birch with 1/4” birch plywood panel inserts. The top was originally framed with birch with 3/4” birch plywood panels but the framing warped on me so I salvaged the panels and made new frames out of hickory. Luckily for me the hickory and birch stained almost identical. The stain on the frames and is a blend of three different Minwax stains. The base cabinet and drawers are finished with three coats of spray poly. The top is finished with three coats of brush on poly.

It has been a long dry spell of down time in the shop. Hopefully, with fall approaching I will get to spend more time on projects. Thanks for looking and Oh, I have plenty of push sticks handy. Lesson learned!!

This project is featured in Vol. 35/No. 205 issue of Woodsmith magazine.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#1 posted 09-10-2013 02:47 PM

Wow, wonderful job !
That is a spectacular way to organize all those components and allow the work space to open up into a great sewing center.
Nice job !

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#2 posted 09-10-2013 02:49 PM

Wow, that is cool!

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

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#3 posted 09-10-2013 02:55 PM

Beautiful cabinet and great work too! I love the color and the finish too. A real thumbs up project!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 09-10-2013 03:15 PM

Awesome! Great work!

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#5 posted 09-10-2013 03:32 PM

That’s a real nice unusual cabinet and it looks good too.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 09-10-2013 03:33 PM

Great work buddy.

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#7 posted 09-10-2013 03:48 PM

Great cabinet! The design has a bit of the late 19th century Wooten desk flare that I always admired—updated very nicely. Sorry to hear about your hand, but good to know everything is now okay—also, nice to hear others have those projects that develop a life of their own and linger in perpetuity.

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

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#8 posted 09-10-2013 03:55 PM

WOW! That outta get you a few attaboys! And maybe a new tool or two! :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#9 posted 09-10-2013 04:02 PM

Really nice work station and a wonderful gift
sorry about the hand – like they say – bad decisions make great stories!

-- Greg Simon

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#10 posted 09-10-2013 04:31 PM

Really nice work luv2.
Bet the wife loves it.
Better late than never.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#11 posted 09-10-2013 04:33 PM

Very Nice!

-- “The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.” Teddy Roosevelt

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#12 posted 09-10-2013 04:33 PM

Thank you all for your kind words and encouragement. As HillbillyShooter said “some projects develop a life of their own and linger in perpetuity”. This was definitely one of those.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#13 posted 09-10-2013 04:49 PM

What a great job, Blondie sews and this would be perfect station… Don’t remember that article for some reason…. Glad you finished it and your ok to boot. Very nice.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 09-10-2013 04:54 PM

WOW and Ouch!
Great design Lee! The workmanship is top notch as always, love the color too.
I hope your thumb wasn’t badly hurt. I did that same thing back in 66 while making an entertainment center.
Lucky that I did a shallow rip and not a cross cut!

Where’s the chair ? :)

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#15 posted 09-10-2013 05:31 PM

That is really cool. Great job. When I read the part about your thumb, def brought back some rather not so fond memories of a mishap I had as well many years ago, and cut off 3 fingers. Got them sowed back on and many years later, they work fine, but hate the cold weather. LOL Thanks for sharing

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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