Tony Leonard's CD Cabinet

MEGA CD CONSOLE
The virtue of modifying magazine plans.

SHOP OWNER: Tony Leonard
LOCATION: Memphis, TN
(No, I didn't know Elvis!)

    This is a CD cabinet I built from plans in Woodsmith #101 (I think). I modified the plans for the casework a little and added the sliding shelves. (See photo, below.)

    For the top, bottom and sides, I used some cherry plywood with beautiful figure. I used birch for stuff you don't see. That way, I only had to purchase a half sheet of cherry instead of a full sheet; not to be cheap, but this was my first project, and I didn't want to invest a lot of money in sawdust!

     I had planned just to oil the cabinet, but the plywood and the solid wood took the oil differently and the contrast was too much. Thank goodness I tried out the finish or some scrap pieces first!
Cabinet Open

     My final finish combination started with a light color gel stain followed by a darker color, then by several coats of General Finishes wipe-on oil/urethane concoction. Finally, I buffed it with steel wool and waxed it. This took me a lo-o-ong time to build in half of a two-car garage, either freezing to death or sweating to death all the way through!

...Tony Leonard

 

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