My Most Challenging Project in Years! | Veneered Pantry Cabinet

Video - June 25, 2021

My mom has a fairly small condo with limited storage space, so she requested a standing vertical pantry cabinet to help provide more room for kitchen items and food. I honestly wasn’t super excited about the project since it was just a cabinet with some drawers and doors. To make things a little more exciting, I decided to raise the challenge level by including veneering, continuous grain, and a unique door and drawer configuration with rails only and no stiles. All told, this was my most challenging project in years.

By far the biggest challenge in this project was keeping the veneer organized. The panel veneer is continuous from top to bottom and each door and drawer is interrupted by a solid walnut rail. So I had to be very strategic about how the panels were glued up and how they were cut apart. Furthermore, because I didn’t want to see any edge-banding, I applied the edging BEFORE the veneer. This way the veneer grain runs all the way from side to side and gives the illusion of solid wood. I mentioned the solid rails already, but those too were cut from single boards to make sure their grain was also continuous.

Was it all worth it? I think so. I have never included this much continuous grain on a single project and frankly I’m surprised I didn’t screw anything up. So I got to exercise some woodworking and design muscles, my mom got a nice cabinet to store her stuff in, and you guys get a neat video showing the whole process. I’ll call this one a win-win-win. I hope you enjoy.

Stuff Used in the Video

Taper Maker 
Veneer saw
Countersink Bit
Pica Pencil
VacuPress Systems
Unibond One Glue
Eagle America #120-0400 Spiral Flush Trim Bit
MLCS #7487 – Up-Cut Spiral Bit


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