Media Cabinet – Odds & Ends

The Printmakers media cabinet project is coming along (if you’ve missed it, check out part one, two and three)

We checked a few things off the list last weekend. First up, we headed down to Lee  Valley Tools to pick up the hardware. I had pre-scouted online but wanted to go to the showroom to take a look at everything in person. Turns out, we walked out of the store with the exact things I had picked out online! (not that I minded wandering the isles full of awesome tools and hardware at Lee Valley…)

Here’s what we bought:

Inset Hinges

Inset Hinges

Cup Pulls

Cup Pulls

Door Stays

Door Stays

We also picked up standard drawer slides (350mm) and some door latches. The purchase set us back $135 but it was actually considerably less than I was expecting. I will give you a breakdown of all the fees once the cabinet is finished.

On the same day as our hardware adventure, we also trekked out to the lumber yard and picked up the wood for our interior shelves and drawer boxes.

We got to work installing the shelves. They are inset into the frame, so we were trusting our fabrication to have everything go in perfectly. I was expecting disaster, but it went smoother than expected. It was a tight fit, but with some persuasive hammering we were able to get everything in and screwed into the frame using pocket holes. It needs a good sand, but overall we are pleased with how its shaping up.

Media Cabinet with Shelves Installed

Media Cabinet with Shelves Installed

We also got started on the drawer boxes. We cut the sides and fronts of the boxes to length, pre-drilled pocket holes, then assembled using our corner clamps and a square to ensure the boxes were perfectly square. (Un-square boxes will cause us a ton of headache when we try to install them.)

Assembling Drawer Boxes

Assembling the Drawer Boxes using corner clamps and a square

The assembly of the drawer boxes went fairly swiftly and smoothly. Now they’re ready for the drawer bottoms and then we can install them (which I am super stoked about!)

The Drawer Boxes ready for drawer bottoms

The Drawer Boxes ready for drawer bottoms

Drawer Box. These skinny drawers go at the top of the cabinet to hold small things such as remotes and magazines

Drawer Box. These skinny drawers go at the top of the cabinet to hold small things such as remotes

We also spent a good chunk of time trying out more staining options. I am still not in love with anything, but am getting closer.

Stain options

Three stain options using Varathane “Kona” stain. I love the one on the left, but have been unable to reproduce it

I think this is the most indecisive I have been about anything in the house. I have a wildcard option that I am going to try out this week, and I will let you know how it goes (that is if I don’t light the house on fire while trying it.)

Hopefully this weekend we can install some drawers and get some staining done!

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