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 v1.1 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.