A typical cabinet might be made from 15 or 20 pieces of wood. Blacktail Studio built this incredible-looking cabinet from about 20 times that many pieces. He started with 300 walnut wood blocks, which he stacked, glued, clamped, and shaped into a unique work of functional art. It took a lot of trial and error to figure out the best way to carve and smooth it.
IKEA furniture is perfectly functional but basic by design. Dave from Make Something shows us how he took a $150 IKEA KOLBJÖRN metal cabinet and transformed it into a high-end piece of designer furniture by wrapping and embellishing it with wood. He also improved its versatility by adding a top shelf and a removable serving tray.
We love playing classic arcade games. But an arcade cabinet isn’t exactly the kind of thing you’d put right in the middle of most living rooms. Maker Alexandre Chappel shows us how he designed and built a 2-player arcade machine that hides inside of a sleek wood cabinet that hangs neatly on a wall.
Artist and maker Hassan Abu-Izmero was given the nacelle from a decommissioned jet engine as a gift. After thinking about what to do with the unusual piece of junk, he decided to clean out its interior, add shelves and lights, and turn it into a liquor cabinet for storing his whiskey. It’s a cool build, though we’d need a 777 engine to hold all our booze.
This 65″ tall rolling workstation designed by Benjamin Thut makes a great addition to a warehouse or other space with a smooth floor. It measures 33″ wide when closed, but opens up to reveal 83″ of shelves and an optional desktop. It’s made from Dibond aluminum composite with steel bars with casters for its mechanism.
Arcade machines are lots of fun, but they aren’t typically living room friendly. Bob from I Like to Make Stuff shows off a piece of furniture that combines a storage unit with a Raspberry Pi arcade, and four sets of arcade controls in a hidden, slide-out shelf. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can buy the plans to build your own.
John Heisz wanted a place to store some of the tools and other items that didn’t have a home in his shop. So he created a wall-mounted cabinet that provides cubbies, drawers, and a work surface on top. He built it from scrap plywood and wood from previous projects. That gizmo in the upper left is a twin-screw vise John also made.
We love the rainbow gradients on these mid-century modern cabinets built by Ben from Woby Design. He created the curve-fitting sliding doors by gluing strips of colorful skate decks to a fabric backing. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen him make unique furniture from used skate decks.
Woodworker and artist Blake Weber shows us the incredible and laborious process behind making this beautiful cabinet. The most remarkable feature is the set of curved doors he built by bending different colors of wood. He actually made two of these – one for himself and he sold the other one on his website.
Like most big cities, living in Paris, France can be very expensive. Architect Matthieu Torres and his girlfriend made the most of their 344 square foot apartment in the 20th arrondissement through the smart use of custom built-in furniture and the addition of skylights. Never Too Small takes us inside the tiny but efficient living space.
We had no idea that people were packing their spirits and mixers into fuel canisters, but we found a number of artists over on Etsy doing just that. Each one features a hinged front to access your drink supplies, while some have wooden dividers or elastic straps to keep things organized. There’s a DIY guide on Instructables too.
Chris Powell of Full Steam Designs pulled out all of the stops to build this one-of-a-kind TV stand. The design incorporates dozens of curved and layered pieces, kerf bending, and meticulously arranged patterned plywood. We suggest watching the whole video, but there’s a sped-up version on Reddit if you’re in a hurry.
These wooden cabinets from Riders Gonna Ride are are perfect for keeping your bike gear neat and organized. They come with pegs and shelves for storing helmets, shoes, outfits, and other accessories and come in five versions for varied storage needs. They also make a minimal wall-mounted hanging unit.
Why buy an ordinary piece of furniture when you can have a piece of functional art in your house? Society6 takes artist-submitted designs and prints them in full color onto the front of these compact storage credenzas. They measure 35.5″ w x 17.5″ d x 30″ h, and come in either a birch or walnut wood finish for the cabinet body.
We love how builder Laura Kampf is creates objects that are both thoughtful in their function and design. Her latest project is a curved wooden cabinet with a turntable and amplifier shelf, plenty of cubbies for storing records, and spaces for speakers that tuck neatly behind grille cloth.
Chelle is a modular vinyl record storage system that’s both practical and good looking. Each of its stackable, dividable wood crates can hold to fifty 12″ albums, and can be easily carried. The optional Chelle Cube turns the crates into furniture, with a locking, slide out shelf, available Corian top and adjustable chrome feet.
These modular baltic birch wood panels add a touch of art to any wall, but can also be functional, with variants that include a floating laptop desk, hanging planters, and liquor cabinets. Choose your features, then fill in as much space as you want with decorative panels.
17 Stories‘ distressed metal bar cabinet has looks inspired by an industrial shipping container. It features a double-decker design that’s ideal for storing bottles of wine and glasses, but really can be used for all sorts of items. Measures 49.2″ H x 28.7″ L x 16.5″ D.
Charlie Peterson of StillLifewithCharlie handmakes these awesome tables and wall displays built out with dozens of individual shadowboxes. They’re designed to fit the classic Kenner Star Wars figures, but should hold any 3.75″-ish figure that fits into cubbies.