A bluish cupboard

New 14Oct2022. Updated 15Oct2022. Cupboard from 1999. This note belongs to the HOBBY group.


This small cabinet or cupboard is from 1999. In another age. There were no digital cameras, and we didn’t use analogue film like we do now. We didn’t overexpose, kind of.

Meaning: I have no pictures from the building process.

Still, what I can observe externally, through the painting, is that I used dado joints for the shelves, extended with dowel pins on the top and bottom.

I made the base visible, even if it was to hang on a wall. In my opinion over-laboured bases are, well – overlaboured bases. The base parts are joined with what I find to be a variant of mitred half lap, since the corners are overlapping with no board ends visible. I used the same joint in 192:[more]

I wanted the cupboard to lean on traditional woodworking, but still look like 1999. Therefore the stringent outside and the look-alike wall panel boards in the back.

The cupboard is made from Norway spruce or pine. The frame 20 mm, the shelves 12 mm, the rest 15 mm.

The lock is the type where a spring presses an iron ball (on the door) that clicks into a brass piece (on a shelf) – with that nice sound. I had had that one laying around since adolescence.


These pictures are from some time in Jun2022 when Mari was away on a girlfriend trip. I had long thought that it was a rather stupid idea to have this little piece solidly screwed onto the wall. This could be the only thing that I potentially could have time to tear off the wall and grasp, in some emergency situation that I wouldn’t even think load of. (Like a slow fire in a wooden house.) So I dismounted it with a thick screw driver, brought it into my hobby cellar and made upside down keyholes, so that I could screw the screws to the wall first, then hang the cabinet on the wall second. Which means that the opposite, ie. grabbing it off the screws, could potentially crack some precious glass, but save the cupboard.

Back in 1999, Kari painted the cupboard. Several times, until she finally was satisfied. Using sponge painting it therefore has these nice ombre colour effects, where the almost equal colours are blending into each other. On the inside she used white oil paint. From citrus oil. A rather good idea, because the scent is still nicely present every time the door is opened.

I have shown this cabinet for as long as I have had a home page. It’s still (Oct2022) here – but the Wayback Machine’s capture from Mar2002 doesn’t contain any photo (here).

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