Apothecary Media Cabinet

Submitted by Kimiemich on Mon, 05/21/2012 - 07:36

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.

Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
Oak plywood and Oak solid wood
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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Mon, 05/21/2012 - 09:34

Wow, you are ambitious for a first project and it came out great! Adorable, model, too, even from the back side, lol!

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