Walnut Display Cabinet

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Project by Thinkerf posted 11-17-2013 10:49 PM 1680 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone…it’s been a while, but I have been busy with travel and family. I did however manage to spend enough time in the shop to put together this little project I’ve been promising the wife to build for a while now. She inherited her mother’s fine china and needed a place to display it and this was the result. First project of this size and complexity I have taken on from the conception stage right through design, sketch-up, assembly drawing and fabrication. It was a long process (painful at times) but definitely worth it in the end. Solid, hand milled dark walnut except for two small pieces of walnut veneer board on the very top. 60 mil beveled glass in the two sliding doors (and that added some weight) and the hardware is antique brass. Three coats of Waterlox original tung oil and a final coat of finishing wax applied with 0000 steel wood and hand polished. One of the hardest tasks in this whole project (besides remembering how to do isometric drawings), was making the back. I wanted to do it in beveled, tounge and groove 3/8 inch thick boards of varying widths and that turned out to be a real challenge but I am pleased with the results (and so is my wife). Walnut is expensive and a bit gnarly at times but all-in-all a beautiful wood to work with. I think it’s going to be one of “those” pieces that turn into a family heirloom.
Hope all of you had a great summer and look forward to sharing the next project.
Cheers, Thinkerf.

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#1 posted 11-17-2013 10:56 PM

Sorry…I lied or more correctly, I forgot, but at my age it amounts to about the same thing… The drawers (as you can see) are not “solid” walnut…only the drawer fronts. The drawers themselves are made of poplar (and yes they have half blind dovetail joints at the corners).

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#2 posted 11-17-2013 10:58 PM

Great project to pass along to the next generation : )

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#3 posted 11-17-2013 11:01 PM

Very very nice ,great looking display cabinet.

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#4 posted 11-18-2013 12:53 AM

Wow that is a beautiful cabinet. Quality piece for sure. Love the walnut and
The sliding glass doors.

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#5 posted 11-18-2013 12:57 AM

Nice display case.

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#6 posted 11-18-2013 01:40 AM

That is very beautiful. Congratulations on a wonderful build.

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#7 posted 11-18-2013 11:12 AM

Very beautiful. A true heirloom.

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#8 posted 11-18-2013 10:30 PM

Just amazing. I love the finish.

How did you hold in the glass?

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