Since my radio cabinet has sold ~that I was also using for display~
I need a new cabinet.
So I’m finally using the bottom of that chair I luv so much! But, gOOd grIEf, it took forEVer to pull ALL those tacks, and clean up the frame.
Once it was finally done, I needed to cut the depth and re-locate the back legs. The chair narrows at the back, which you can see in the picture to the right–I thought it might be interesting to leave that element in the design.
*But it made extra challenges creating and constructing the new cabinet.
I cut some 5/4″ board to the odd angle for the deck, and routered a very small detail to its top edge. Then I began building the box (or carcass) of the cabinet.
The overall height comes in at a tall 7½ ft,
26″ wide, and will have 5 adjustable shelves.
Wanting to jazz up the face, I opted to cut down some classicly-styled balusters, making them into pilasters.
It’s really not hard to “flatten” or even cut posts in half. Just secure hard wood from end to end on one side to have a consistent flat side to ride the fence of your table saw. But if you’re cutting something particularly thick, cut half the thickness, then flip it, and cut the other half of the thickness–it’s safer!
A fixed top for the mid-section (with a decorative routered ogee edge) will stabilize the tall cabinet. But when I couldn’t achieve a tight fit with the two pieces that make the top—I used an old trick for filling the gap.
Do you know this trick? Generously pour wood glue into the gap, then push saw dust into it, rubbing it in really good. Sand it flat. You can repeat the process if you missed any areas. When it’s thoroughly dry and cured, it makes a strong connection and stains like the wood, itself.
I added some ornamentation at the top, as well as crown molding—and even began painting the interior before I called it a day (at 8:30). Tomorrow I’ll finish painting, and by late day–I hope to get it to the antique mall, where I’ll take pictures for you to see!
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