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This two-drawer oak cabinet was designed around three pieces of artwork; the beautiful inlays by Nelson depicting east coast lighthouses. The inlays were purchased at auction on eBay and re-framed in oak for the sides and back of the cabinet.

The bottom drawer was custom-built with 5/8" solid alder by Barker Door. The top drawer was built in-house using half-inch poplar and Miller dowels. Both drawers are lined on the inside bottom with black felt. The two sets of KnapeVogt soft-closing drawer guides are screwed-in tight and slide far from perfectly even after hours of fine-tuning.

The sides, back, and front were pulled together with Kreg pocket-hole screws.

The boards in the top of the cabinet were glued together using bisquit jointers with strips of oak in the middle and canary wood on the front and back edges. The top was doweled and glued down at the corners. The slide-out utility board just under the top provides a convenient resting place for light-weight tools or utensils.

Cabinet dimensions: about two feet tall, 28 inches wide, and 17 inches deep.

If you add-in a bare minimum hourly labor rate to the total cost of materials, the value of this unique piece of furniture is priceless.

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That's a beautiful concept and execution. Thanks for posting.
 

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I agree it's priceless. Great execution of mixed woods and inlay.
 

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Great job. A very fine piece of woodworking.

Branlon… I'm a Hoosier too… I see you are in "Central Indiana" I'm way down south (Louisville area)
 

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Wow, this is really cool. Great job
 

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Great work, love the color and the inlay…..
 

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Beautiful looking Oak cabinet….excellent job.
 

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Fine looking cabinet! Great design and awesome execution. The lighthouse inlay is gorgeous. Excellent work!
 

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Thanks guys for the encouraging comments!
 
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