DVD Cabinet v1.1

So, a few months back I made a DVD/VHS tape cabinet for the manager at the gallery. She wanted something to replace an open shelf that had been using and it became full and she also hated to dust the contents.

This first cabinet was made to be as inexpensive as practical to keep the costs down for them. Recycled red oak and any other shortcuts I could take.

Cabinet v1.0

Cabinet v1.1

After having used it for a while, She said it was a bit too large (they provided the maximum dimensions). As her husband wanted to use it for his stuff, I agreed to make a smaller version.

This had an overall height of 30", 20" deep x 24" wide.

It's a bit more "upscale" in that I used BB plywood ($$) for the drawers and a bit more virgin red oak where I didn't have enough recycled oak with similar color/grain.

I also didn't have any red oak veneer for the panels so I had to use white oak and hoped I could blend it in with the darker color she wanted.

Basic frame/panel construction. I like using the table saw fence as a squaring reference. The black object is my small granite surface plate, handy as ballast and makes for a "2001 A Space Odyssey " vibe in the shop.

Glued up and dyed to blend the red oak frame and white oak panels.

TransTint mission brown, sprayed. The first cabinet had the dye mixed in the finish as a toner.

Legs are from 6/4 red oak, dado and tenon to connect to the frames.

Easier to just dado the full length and then add a filler strip where the lower apron joins in an inch above the lower end of the leg.
Glad I had some cutoff from the leg to get a grain matching patch 🙂

Drawers are 1/2" BB plywood with 1/4" BB bottoms. Fit to glide on 16" ball bearing slides.

With the dados and tenons, glue up and clamping was easy enough.

I really wanted to maximize the interior space so I used overlay doors and minimal overhang of the top.
Handles are the same as before, maple burl and walnut.

Finished with satin pre-cat.

This cabinet also runs on castors since she wanted it to be easy to move to clean underneath. The feet actually are about 1/4" above the floor for that surreal ghost cabinet look.

Thanks for stopping by!


Nice looking cabinet. I like the grain, but what are these things you speak about vhs? 
but what are these things you speak about vhs? 
Ancient magic. Used in rituals where the black talisman is inserted into the ornate mouth on the altar. If the gift is accepted one will be able to commune with the spirits contained within. If rejected, these spirits will have their entrails forever knotted up and be cast out upon the roadways to dwell with the other talisman known as 8track and cassette. 
funny ive got a ton of em and dont even own a player anymore. time to do some clean out i guess. love the cabinet splint,especially those handles.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

lol, talismans. Nice cabinet!

Steven- Random Orbital Nailer

Those handles are a staple item for when I need a few handles for something. I cut a gazillion of the "feet" and just keep them in a box until needed. I also made a few templates for gluing them up and drilling the holes. You can see it in the lower right corner of the v1.1 picture next to the tape measure.

I only have a few tapes, but I tend to hoard players. I have one of the early Panasonic 6300's built like a tank, you even had to manually adjust the tracking 🙂
Splint, a very nice cabinet, the drawers and the handles take it over the top. I had stackes of the VHS tapes years ago, recorded movies off the paid movie channels, of course we rented some to. "Be Kind Rewind"

Main Street to the Mountains

Thanks Eric!

I've done the same except the DVR (digital) has an "S video" out which is the highest quality analog signal that I can feed into my DVD burner. The DVR company keeps wanting to upgrade my receiver but it is the last model with "S video" output. Not that I'll want to record more movies, just that I like living in the past man!
Mighty fine cabinet.  Also like the handles.

No Bees. No Honey. Bees Lives Matter

Thanks Brian, Hate working with red oak, but happy to have finished the thing so I can back to making odd stuff again 🙂
It even seems like DVDs are becoming a thing of the past now. I thought Pottz and I were the only ones who disliked red oak.
Nicely done, like the design.    Handles grain and all look good. 


I really like the side view of V1.1! Hope your customer doesn't put it against the wall!

I remember I converted all VHS & 8mm videos into digital files that my dad took. It took months to complete. My dad gave me choices either I always have to have a space for the physical videos for my life or take time then and get over with it....

No name noobie here

I've also transferred many videos, music, and photos to digital but when digital gets an error, it is gone. Analog just degrades (like me!)

At least with digital one can easily make copies and "upgrade" to the latest media. Spent many days transferring my vinyl to digital but still have the turntable to spin them (and flip them, clean them) if wanted 😀

I guess I don't "hate" red oak and much as I don't like working with it when there are nicer woods available. I still have a few 100 bf. and it was cheap when I bought it. Just takes more work to get it looking good with consistent color and grain.

YRTi, those side panels are from some curly white oak I used, still have plenty but it is nice (evil?) to let a customer decide how they want to position it. The nice wood on the sides may win over or they can regret not being able to see it. 
Some long term torture I inflict with happiness and glee, Bwahahahaha!
Oh the days of turn tables, playing the music and reading through the covers.

Main Street to the Mountains

I see you rose to the occasion and built her a really nice cabined, I like the oak the Maple and walnut combination really good choices.

-- Soli Deo gloria! ( To God alone be the Glory)

Great, cabinet, Bruce!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day

Thanks guys!

Walnut and maple are two of my favorites, RO, not so much but at least I have less now 🙂
Beautiful cabinet…and as usual…nice touches (the door handles and attention to grain pattern) that make your stuff always special Splint. 

If I didn’t laugh at myself, I’d lose my mind.

eric turn tables are the hot thing again. lots of high end models on the market. makes me sick i sold all my lp's for a hundred bucks to my wifes hair dresser. they were all only played once to be recorded on a cassette tape. virtually virgin albums. i think it was probably 150 albums ? but then again im not into that anymore. i listen to all my music online, pandora,amazon and seriusxm mostly ! why waste money buying cd's or vynyl ?

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Splinter G,

Nice cabinet build.  Like the pulls and great idea to run the dado full length and fill back with matching material.  Saved a whole lot of time I bet not having to set stops and chisel out the corners for the aprons.

daveg, SW Washington & AZ