Panic time for me, as it means either putting up with crappy termite poop furniture in our living room, or selling a kidney to afford something that is a bit more to our taste.
Sooooo... I thought I would try to surprise her with a quick and dirty version of a cabinet similar to this one while I had a couple days off. My version will be joined with nails and painted, but should turn out to be nice.
I think that many readers will not be so crazy about this cabinet design. It is fashionable in Europe at the moment, but it looks like it was born to be made on a table saw. This should be an interesting exercise with hand tools. Being a mockup, this piece should teach me a bit on how to do the next one better.
The problem is we really don't know if the space we have will look right with a cabinet like this, so this build I will dub a mockup, but the finished product will be a perfectly functional piece. We will probably want one made of beech with proper joinery. The mockup can be used in our second appartment, the Frau's office at work, or we could even sell it.
First step for me when building quick and dirty furniture like this is laminated wood. They had a great deal on spruce, which is one of my least favorite woods to use. The great part about this stuff is it comes in whatever widths you need, and they will cross cut them at the home center for free. Once I came up with a cut list, an hour at the home center found me on my way home with all of the parts I needed already cut to length.
|Not exactly the finest material, but it will work for this purpose.|
|Rabbeting the carcass.|
|Laying out adjustable shelves.|
|I clamped the carcase together, and set the nails below the surface a bit.|
|It's before noon on the first day and I have one box nailed up!|
|Case number two.|
|My small shop. I am actually standing outside the door to take this pic.|
|End of day two.|
|Here I am laying out the position of the batten. Notice I have already painted the shiplaps, as I won't really be able to reach them later.|
|I just used regular unplated wire nails from the home center.|
|When I got to this point, I said, "this vitrine is cool!" The Frau, who is a lawyer, said, "this vitrine will be cool!"|