Canadian Woodworking

Quarter-sawn white oak stilted cabinet

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Published: October November 2008
White Oak Stilted Cabinet
White Oak Stilted Cabinet

Chris spent the better part of six months refining the design of this cabinet on paper and collecting the perfect materials before beginning construction.


He even made a full size leg out of pine to make sure he was happy with the shape.

The cabinet is constructed of quarter-sawn white oak and features hand cut dovetails. Chris found that chopping dovetails in oak can be quite the challenge; he spent the better part of four evenings cutting the dovetails, but feels that the result was well worth the effort. The carcase fits together perfectly. The cabinet body was finished with light walnut Watco Danish Oil and three coats of wax. The lacewood legs taper from top to bottom and from inside to outside, and are attached to the carcase with ebony plugs and turned brass spacers, polished to 600 grit with wet paper and then coated with a clear lacquer. The legs are finished with three coats of blond shellac and three coats of wax. The door panels feature spalted curly maple panels. The door frames are finished with Watco Oil and wax while the panels are finished with water-based polyurethane and wax. Chris used Brusso knife hinges and ‘Twin Bow’ hardware from Lee Valley ( The three drawers have spalted maple fronts with hard maple boxes and half blind dovetails. Inside the cabinet are three ½” thick glass shelves. The cabinet measures 16″ deep by 20″ wide by 50″ tall. Chris says that he took his time with this project and he couldn’t be happier with the result.

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Made by Chris Delaney

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