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Drop-Front Storage Center

The storage center on page 12 of Woodsmith No. 169 stores items and looks great on the wall. And best of all, it doesn't take a lot of material to build.

A few pieces of hardware are all that's needed to complete the project. The double coat hooks (BH-13), the 1¼"-dia. maple knobs (WK-6), and antique brass dropleaf table hinges (H-500) that allow the drop-front door to open all came from Horton Brasses.

You'll also need a 3/8"-dia. rare-earth magnet (32907) and washer to hold the door closed. The one I used came from Rockler. They are also available from Lee Valley and the Woodsmith Store.

Finish information: First, I stained the project with a dark walnut stain. When that was dry, I sprayed "Barn Red" spray paint over that. After sanding the piece to distress it, I restained any bare wood with the walnut stain again. Finally, to protect the finish, I sprayed on a couple coats of a clear semi-gloss polyurethane.


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