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Map Cabinet In White Oak

author-gravatar wildsidewoodworking Jul 09, 2018

A friend of mine asked if I could build him a map cabinet.  I had never heard of such a thing but began researching and learned they were cabinets with large narrow drawers used back in the day to hold maps flat.  My friend is not a map collector but wanted it for his artwork and movie memorabilia posters.  It is constructed from cabinet-grade white oak plywood and white oak hardwood.  I got to practice dovetailing drawers and fine tuning wood runners for the drawer slides.  I finished it with dye and GF Georgian Cherry gel stain.  It has been one of my more challenging builds to date and am happy with how it turned out.

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Beautiful cabinet, Dave! You did a fantastic job on the staining/finishing. Did you mix the dye with the shellac before applying the stain? Thanks for sharing!

I did test pieces with the dye mixed in shellac and another with distilled water and just went with the water.  Then did the Sealcoat, gel stain, another coat of Sealcoat and finally the Arm-R-Seal.  Very happy with how it turned out!

@Sean  said:

Beautiful cabinet, Dave! You did a fantastic job on the staining/finishing. Did you mix the dye with the shellac before applying the stain? Thanks for sharing!

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