Magazine Storage Cabinet

by Dan Phalen
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A custom cabinet design can be simple...with good planning

We had just moved into our house and my wife was in desperate need of four major pieces of furniture: a lateral file cabinet, a china display cabinet, a document cabinet, and a computer desk. After the display cab and computer desk, it was time for Mr. Specialty.

Document Cabinet

This was a bear, another design from scratch, with dimensions driven by the actual sizes of antique magazines over 100 years old.

First, an image showing a scale drawing I worked up in a software relic called Image Composer. (I've since moved on to Google Sketchup.) The image below shows about the fourth generation of such plans. I built basically from this diagram after adding penciled dimensions.

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That's solid maple door frames and base, maple plywood top, sides and inner shelves all edged in 3/4" hard maple. Finished with one coat of BLO and three coats of satin urethane. Nice figure in the top that's hard to see here.

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Here's what required so much custom design. The magazines were published monthly from about 1898 into the 1920s, but her interest covers only to 1917.Each of the upper right sections contains magazines for a particular year. The rest is storage for shipping and handling the china and mazagines she sells at auction. Pin-supported shelves on left are adjustable for height.

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Another view.

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Thanks for looking, and I hope you enjoyed your visit.

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