When designing and building the entry cabinet
I built some
prototype doors and test panels. Those pieces set in the shop
since 2003, gathering dust and waiting for an application. A test
panel to prototype dimensions and design was built from cherry.
This cherry cabinet uses that panel as an inset door. It will be
used in our bathroom as a storage space over the commode.
The cabinet was planned using VariCAD with a 3D model, rendered
to a 2D drawing
3D Model without Door
- Dimensions are 33 3/4" high by 13 7/16" wide by 6 9/16" deep
- The cabinet is attached to the wall with an integral French
cleat. i.e., the French cleat is recessed into the back of the cabinet
such that the cabinet sides contact the wall and the cleat is not
visible from the side. That does mean that the cabinet sides are
11/16" deeper than the usable cabinet depth.
- The lower shelf (above the drawer) is a sliding dovetail into
- The door is attached using knife hinges. The knife hinges
were selected after the carcase was glued up, so the hinge mortises
were chopped by hand. In the future, those mortises will be made
after dry-fitting and prior to glueing up the carcase so that some of
the mortise can be cut via router.
- Finish is Watco Danish Oil and wax. Initial plans to use
Moser's Danish Oil with Watco Wipe-on Poly applied
after the oil cures were thwarted when it was discovered that the
Danish Oil can had not sealed after the last time it was used.
The contents had skinned over and under the skin, the material had
developed a heavy, honey-like consistency unsuitable for use.
Alas, Woodworker's Supply has discontinued the Moser's Danish Oil
product, That said, I really liked the finish left by the Watco
Danish Oil to the point that the addition of even a wipe-on poly would
have put too much on the surface. The finish left by the Watco
Danish Oil was a rich, silky finish at the surface; to have put a
surface finish on top would have ruined that feature.
- The drawer has a stop on the bottom to prevent pulling it out
completely. This stop rotates to allow removing the drawer
Completed Cherry Cabinet