White Oak Hall Cabinet

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Project by Cameron Nagelkop posted 04-15-2014 06:18 PM 2819 views 12 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my Final Project for my Cabinetry and Woodworking Technology Course At Red River College. It’s made from all solid white oak, the only sheet goods use were for the bottoms of the drawer boxes, the substrates for the veneered drawer fronts, and the bottom of the case itself.

The veneered drawer fronts are wenge for the field and santos rosewood for the diamond.

The Greene & Greene plugs are made of Walnut.

The design is a blend of mission and Greene & Greene styles with the design for the shape and arrangement of the door and drawer front top rails being inspired by the wood whisperers gadget station the he built for leo laporte.

The overall build time for this project was 7 weeks, with one week allotted for finishing.

All of the rail and stile connections are haunched mortise and tenons

The finish for the case, doors, drawer fronts, drawer boxes, and shelf is 5 coats of zinssers clear shellac thinned to a 1½lb cut

The finish for the top is 3 coats of zinssers clear shellac thinned to a 1½lb cut on the bottom side and 1 coat of nitrocellulose lacquer on the top side for a bit more protection.

The hinges are blum cliptop 107* inset hinges, and the slides are accuride 100lbs full extension drawer slides (yes i know, extremely overkill)

I spent around 2-3 months designing this piece in sketchup before drawing it in autocad 2013 and then building the piece in real life. there are a few things i missed out on adding (i was going to have some more splines and plugs along the flat edge of the top below the ogee) due to time constraints.

In the end I’m very happy with the final product.

I will be adding a link to an imgur album with the entire build progress at a later date (approx 124 photos)

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#1 posted 04-15-2014 06:28 PM

It’s fancy

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#2 posted 04-15-2014 06:30 PM

Wow very nice.

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#3 posted 04-15-2014 06:56 PM

Very nice indeed.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 04-15-2014 08:09 PM

Nice job.
Why from sketchup to autocad? Sketchup does a nice job of modelling it.

-- Jeff NJ

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#5 posted 04-15-2014 08:12 PM

i had done all of the design work in sketchup, and as a project requirement we had to make a full set of plans for the project in autocad

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#6 posted 04-16-2014 12:31 AM

Great looking hall table! (Although it looks more like a cabinet.) It’s funny that you mention the over-build, because I tend to do that, too!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#7 posted 04-16-2014 02:32 AM

That is super nice. I really like it… I also overbuild everything. Best to do it right from the get go.

-- Brian, Omaha, NE... So many projects, so little time!

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#8 posted 04-16-2014 08:47 AM

Nice work, Love the G&G style of woodworking.

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

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#9 posted 04-16-2014 10:45 AM

Very nice hybrid of two beautiful styles. Well executed.

Why did you decide to use accuride slides? I have been told that metal slides take away from the authentic look of a piece. I suppose if you were going to be putting heavy objects in the drawers you might want the mechanical ease of ball bearing slides… is that why?

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#10 posted 04-16-2014 11:02 AM

No other reason other than I just prefer metal slides easier to construct for(imo) and easier to adjust for any non squareness in the case

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#11 posted 04-16-2014 11:25 AM

Well done! -Excellent craftsmanship, love the design! – what a great final project!


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#12 posted 04-16-2014 12:48 PM

Great looking piece!

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#13 posted 04-16-2014 01:47 PM

Overall I think the build quality is very good but I’m not necessarily a fan of the design because it looks like a little bit of a mismatch. It looked like you were trying to emulate a cloud lift on the doors and the bottom stretcher, but your edges are too sharp. The ogee on the top also looks out of place with the overall style of the piece. I would have preferred a breadboard kind of top. Undermount drawer slides would have highlighted your dovetails better as well. I’ll probably get pilloried for voicing my opinion, but I feel like it’s impossible to grow as a craftsman without honest (but not cruel) criticism. Like I said, the build quality is excellent, but I’m not a fan of the design.

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#14 posted 04-17-2014 12:23 AM

I agree that metal slides are easier to work with. Fair. I really don’t think it detracts much from the overall look of the piece, and I like the fusion of the two styles. I’d refer to it as GreeneMission. Maybe that makes you sounds like an environmentalist :)

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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