Making a table for our vertical filing cabinet

Rob, my handy husband, is turning into quite the woodworker. After using plans other people wrote to make a Murphy bed and a end-table dog crate, Rob has branched into designing his own furniture.

He recently made a table to support the metal file catalogs I dragged home from an estate sale and stripped. (That's a before photo on the left.)

I wasn't sure what I wanted the table to look like, but I did want it to be about 4 feet tall and have some built-in storage.Blog Photo

He originally built a table with a nice shelf, perfect for pillows and blankets. We'd originally discussed adding some sort of legs to give it a little extra height. But instead, Rob decided to build in a drawer for even more storage.

I can't give you specifics about how Rob made these items, other than he used the Kreg jig we bought to make the dog crate quite a lot. (If anyone is passionate about the Blog Photospecifics, though, let me know and I will find out for you.)

Rob built the table and drawer out of a combination of solid oak and cedar, some salvaged wood and some 2-by-4s, for the inside of the drawer. He wrapped the drawer with trim we found at the PACA Architectural Warehouse, attaching it with trim nails.

I had a great time chipping the paint off of one piece of that trim. We did it outside, though, because it's probably lead-based.

We stained the whole thing Minwax Red Mahogany. Rob was also kind enough to move his dresser into our spare room, in order to have the perfect space to place this cabinet.

It looks great with our fresh white paint, and my plan to use chalkboard paint on craft paper to make labels worked perfectly. Right now, the drawers are labeled with Roman numerals, but that could change, which is the beauty of chalkboard paint.

I've always wanted a wooden card catalog, but this is similar - but unique - enough that I think I'll cross that particular envy off my list.

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rsp wrote on November 27, 2012 at 9:11 am

That's a nice looking table. You guys may have to start an etsy store or something. Or go to some of the craft fairs. 

Meg Dickinson wrote on November 27, 2012 at 11:11 am
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Thanks! We've sort of halfway considered it, but not seriously. Maybe if we had more time?

rsp wrote on November 27, 2012 at 1:11 pm

There's places in town that sell more like art type, hand crafted. Make one thing, sell it, use the money to buy more tools,take classes. Document everything. Unique pieces can be worth more. Be thoughtful about it.