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American Cabinet console by Troy Sexton, modified by Joe Zwack
My wife wanted a small cabinet or console for our entry hallway. I showed her a picture of "The American Cabinet" by Troy Sexton in Popular Woodworking magazine which she liked. Sexton's article gave good details, but I had some challenges in order to build the cabinet to fit our space and the changes to meet my wife's tastes.
I used a combination of solid cherry for the top, door panels, face frame, and feet plus MDF cherry veneer for the door frames, drawer front, and sides. The interior components are poplar. There was a lot of sanding with a spindle sander for the feet.
Since I didn't have any previous experience in making raised panel doors, I found many helpful articles at various internet sites. The routing was done with a Rockler routing table and various bits listed in the tool section.
The various cherry surfaces were a concern for getting a reasonable color match as well as avoiding blotching. Again the internet provided a fine series of articles by Paul Snyder at www.finishwiz.com. All raw surfaces were sealed with clear shellac, then stained with General Finish Nutmeg Gel Stain, and then lastly sealed with a blend of equal parts boiled linseed oil, spar varnish, and turpentine.
This was a very enjoyable project that taught me many new woodworking skills. But it was made more enjoyable when my wife proclaimed that she "loved it."
Time to Build: 101-300 Hours Difficulty: Moderate
Rockler Parts Used for This Project:
26559 - Narrow Magnetic Catch - Brown
33860 - Nickel 1/4'' Shelf Supports
90437 - Statuary Bronze Finial Hinge, 11/16'' x 7/8'' x 3'', Pair
91485 - 3/16'' Radius X 1/2'' H Cove Router Bit
91969 - Traditional Stile and Rail Router Bit Set 1-3/8'' Diameter x 1'' Height x 1/2'' Shank