Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Shaker hanging cabinet

After a weekend with a lot of motocross and very little woodworking, we were ready to get back into the workshop yesterday. Unfortunately we couldn't reach an agreement as to if it was still necessary to wear a sweater while in the workshop, so then Asger decided to go on strike.

That left me with the chance to get on with the installation of the mulesaw, which has been at a standstill for a couple of months.

Anyway, today we reached an agreement, he agreed to wear a coverall, and that was a fine compromise.

We nailed on the back of the cabinet, and made the clenching of the nails to hold the battens in place. Asger really liked the idea of deliberately bending nails.

We made a small turning lock, and Asger decided that the pull should be a semi circular piece of wood.

Once everything was assembled and the door installed, the cabinet received a coat of Danish oil (which is not called Danish oil here in Denmark).

Once the cabinet was finished, and Asger burned his name on the back with a small burning marker, we headed on to the next project: Making another stall in the stable. (the post for tomorrow)

Asger sawing on the back of the cabinet

The proud craftsman with the finished product


  1. That's a nice looking cabinet. How much did the kids contribute to it?

  2. They helped with the processing of the stock in the planer, and removed the chips.
    They sawed out the dados and the rabbets and removed the waste with a router plane.
    I had cut all the pieces to size and made the ogee shape on top of the back plate.
    Asger smeared glue on the pieces and nailed them together while I helped to hold the parts in postion. He sawed one side of the hanging hole, and I sawed the other side. He rounded the needed long grain edges with a block plane, and I took care of the end grain ends. He then did all the sanding, and I chiselled the recesses for the hinges etc. He really liked to clench the nails for the battens. It was a nice change, that the nails were supposed to bend.
    We helped each other putting giving the coat of Danish oil with a Scotch brite pad. So basically the assembly was done by him.

    I think it makes an OK project for children, but it does require that they are helped along the way.

  3. It really looks good. And not just good for a children's project, that is a darned nice piece, period.

    Asger looks very proud. Looks like you got him hooked.

  4. Looks great!!! So is Danish Oil called "English" oil in Denmark? In either case the young man did an excellent job! Well done.

  5. Thanks for the nice comments.
    Danish oil is called Køkkenbordsolie (kitchen table oil) or rustic oil.