Low Profile Hall Unit

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Project by Steven Prosser posted 02-18-2014 12:31 AM 1464 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was ordered a few weeks ago and I spent a lot of time in the design stage as the gap it was to fill was pretty shallow. In fact the whole unit is only just 6” front to back. The problem was that the customer wanted a drawer for storage, which was gonna be pretty much impossible to do (or make it useful) so I opted for a drop down box, hinged at the bottom via 2 brass woodscrews.
Where it was to be fitted also coincided with some wall sockets so as you will notice, there is a cutout at the rear
The main construction was done with dados and then sold oak was applied to the frame.
Finished in satin poly and waxed. The inlay is wenge veneer and I bought the handle from my local hardware store for around $4

The last of the 4 pictures is one the customer sent me, after she had personalised it.

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#1 posted 02-18-2014 01:27 AM

Nice looking cabinet, fits quite nice in the allotted space. I like the solution you came up with to solve the customer’s desire for a drawer, good thinking.

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#2 posted 02-18-2014 09:54 AM

Hi Steven, really nice little unit, simple but very effective and stylish. Like the Wenge inlay, the contrast with the Oak works well. Questions, was material mainly veneered MDF, on front facing edges did you edge-tape or apply a solid fore-edge, did you spray or brush on your excellent poly finish??? Do you think a more contemporary handle might have fitted design better?

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#3 posted 02-18-2014 10:33 AM

Hi, and thank you for the nice comments.
To answer your questions,
The main construction was all with pre-veneered 18mm MDF. To hide the edges I used square section stock and applied it with glue and biscuits (the rail under the drop down had to be scalloped out to allow the correct movement of the door).
The Poly was good old fashioned yacht varnish, thinned down by about 20% and applied with a cloth rubber. When it dried I hit it with 1200 grit wet-or-dry and applied a coat of beeswax and buffed to a nice sheen.

I’m still not sure about the handle, the customer wanted a Gothic style wrought iron, and although the unit is quite modern in construction, I feel the inlay ages it slightly, so we agreed on a aged brass as a compromise.
I’d be interested to hear what kind of handle you might have used (I’m always looking for good advice)?
Thanks again,

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#4 posted 02-19-2014 10:08 AM

Hi, handles are a very subjective topic. Brass is always good with oak whether traditional or contemporary. I usually try to pick a feature on the piece, or an architectural detail in it’s environment and link this to the handle. I also like to make the handles from the material I am using (Oak on Oak), and ‘cos I’m a tight old git. Made a coffee table in Oak with smoked glass shelves and a small central drawer so made Oak handle from 20mm square stock, small chamfer with block plane on front edges, used keyhole cutter on back (bottom edge) for finger grip, and finally fumed handle to darken to match shelves. Possibilities are endless and my entry to this site has widened them even further. Good luck.

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