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Creating something new is always a learning experience. I have learned I am not meant to be a furniture maker. Our dining room has a weird alcove that must have been designed to be a closet or bar. Having a little spare time and steel, I decided to make a cabinet to fit in the space and give us a spot for our glass fountain. I measured, re-measured and started cutting and welding. As always, the piece got heavier as it grew. The finished cabinet is 46" tall, 57" long and 27" deep. Moving it out of the shop, across the gravel driveway, up the steps into the house and finally to the dining room was not fun. Our dollies were not big enough or wouldn't roll on the gravel. We only tipped it over a couple of times. When we finally got it in place we realized that the one thing I hadn't checked was whether or not the walls were plumb! They weren't even close. The piece wouldn't fit, we were about 3/16 shy even after the fudge factor I had allowed. My husband had several suggestions of how to fix the problem (including taking the piece back to the shop, which was not going to happen!). I am not known for my patience. Ignoring his ideas, I got a hammer and started removing dry wall. We slide the piece in place and I patched the exposed dry wall corner. It is not moving in our lifetimes. I tiled the top with glass tile and Phil installed track lights to highlight the glass. If I ever do any more furniture it will be free standing works! Lin

Rich Waugh's picture

Great piece, Lin! Yes,

Great piece, Lin!

Yes, cabinet making is a whole 'nother kettle of fish. Walls are never plumb or square, that's just a fact of life. You should try it in one of the 200-300 year old buildings down here - the walls are 20-30 inches thick and taper as they go up. Out-of-plumb is measured in whole inches, not fractions.

With wood cabinets, you build the fudge factor into the top so you can cope it to the walls, and leave "wings" on either side for similar coping - and hope like mad that you allowed enough and that the coping won't make it look ridiculous. Trying to do all that in steel would be sufficient cause for a nervous breakdown. Fortunately, you had drywall construction. It sounds like you did the only thing you could. The end result is certainly successful!