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Project Information

Wood And Materials Used
Cherry
Tools Used
hand tools
My grandson recently moved into his first apartment, with a minimal amount furniture. The apartment is small and there is a living room - dining room combination serving these two functions, and the kitchen is also small with almost no storage, so I was asked to make a cabinet. I made this cabinet with a buffet type style, but with Shaker design details, like no molding around the bottom or under the top, but I opted for raised panel doors. The cabinet has a shelf in the bottom section, adjustable up or down by 6 inches, and the two drawers were part of the request.



Tools used were hand tools as much as possible:





When clueing up panels I used my Dowelmax to maintain alignment as some of the boards weren't completely flat:

and this enabled me to make a big mistake. I glue up all panels oversized & then trim to final dimensions afterwards and this time I managed to trim one end right through a dowel.
I then chiseled out the half dowel, used the 1" cutoff to get the same area with matching grain, and made a plug for the hole:
It didn't come out as good as I hoped, but with the help of Titebond Quick & Thick - which fills voids - it was good enough so that I didn't start over with another attempt:


My grandson viewed when finished and is pleased with the outcome, so I guess this can be called a winner.

Thanks for viewing.

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Nicely done! That cherry is already pretty, and once it darkens a little with age, it’ll be beautifu.
 

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Wish (not) that I could remember the number of times I cut through a dowel or biscuit when resizing a glue up panel :oops:

Your fix will vanish with time and you are probably the only one who knows about it (except for those people you pointed it out to!)

Cabinet looks excellent and will be stuffed full in no time!
 

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Very nice work. I'm envious of all your hand tool skills. That dowel fix looks good. Cherry is always a good choice. It looks fantastic...
 

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Nicely done and the wood looks real Purdy.
 

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A very well done cabinet, simple design is sometimes the way to go. You went over the top using the cherry, for a piece of apartment furniture. Cherry is such a great wood to work with, mills nicely. Hats off to you for using the hand tools for the build.
 

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This was a brilliant gift for your grandson and a very detailed project for you. Choice of wood is excellent, use of hand tools remarkably will done. It's always those pesky dowels or biscuits that show up it seems. Nice recovery though!
 

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Real nice work on that cabinet!!!!!!!.........Cheers, Jim
 
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