Apothecary Media Cabinet

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About This Project

Oak plywood and Oak solid wood

This was our first wood-working project, and it was a BIG one. I think it took us about 50 hours, though we did add a couple complicating steps into the process. We installed full-extension drawer glides and stained instead of painting. Both of those added significantly to our time. We also added a lip around top solid wood planks to give it a more solid look, so of course that added to our time.

The plans were great, though we had a tough time keeping everything square. Our cabinet doors were 1 inch thick (1/2 inch door, plus 1/2 inch facade drawer fronts), and that made it almost IMPOSSIBLE to find hinges that would work with the cabinet doors. Cabinet hinges come ready to fit 3/4 inch doors OR whatever-thickness door with a 3/8 inch routed edge. So I ended up having to purchase some really heavy-duty specialized hinges from our specialty woodworking store, and those cost about $18/pair.

We're really happy with how it turned out, and it suits our needs great. See our process on my blog below.

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Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
We sanded down to 200 grit, then applied General Finishes "American Walnut" oil-based stain. We applied it with a sponge brush, left it on for about 15 minutes, and then wiped off with a clean rag. We applied 6 layers of General Finishes "Arm-R-Seal", sanding with 600-grit between the 4th and 5th layers and once again after the 6th layer.
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Yes - ambitious or foolish... one of those is the right word to describe it. But thanks! I'm happy with it and with the little model, too :).