I love making rustic projects—today’s project is a rustic shutter cabinet made from reclaimed fencing. I still have LOT of this stuff stored in an outbuilding.
I picked up two shutters last fall—got a really great deal on them.
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While looking for a fun, quick project, the painted shutter sort of jumped out at me. I have made a shutter cabinet years ago, but it was a lot different from this one. I made this cabinet using fence boards, but you could easily make the same cabinet using new lumber such as 1×6’s.
The design stage of any project is my favorite part. I love figuring out how all the pieces will come together. You probably know I never draw plans, I just fly by the seat of my pants.
The first step was to make the front facing of the cabinet. I ripped some of the fence boards on the table saw to achieve this step.
Again, because the wood is thin and brittle, I used Gorilla Wood Glue on all the joints.
For the “box” of the cabinet, I cut four fence boards to size and used Gorilla wood glue and my nail gun.
More Gorilla wood glue was used to attach the front facing to the cabinet. I also used my glue gun for this step.
Because the shutter is thick, the shelves will have to leave room for the shutter/door to close. I cut them to size, and then ripped a little off the edge so they aren’t as wide as the fence boards that make up the cupboard.
Small drop off cuts were used for cleats. The cleats are held in place by Gorilla wood glue and brad nails from the nail gun.
More rustic fence boards were used for the back of the cabinet. I cut them to size, and had to rip all of them slightly to make them fit the width of the cabinet. Notice the ugly side of the boards are to the back, leaving the yummy gray weathered look showing on the inside of the cabinet.
I added hinges from my friends at D. Lawless Hardware, and added a hat and shoes on the cabinet. I used one full board, and a ripped board to make up the top and bottom.
This fabulous black knob is from Hobby Lobby. Did you notice along the way the side of the door changed colors? The front facing was very tight, and after adding the hinges the door was too snug. I shaved a little off one side of the shutter on my table saw.
If you make this rustic shutter cabinet out of new lumber, your project will be more “square”. These boards aren’t square or straight.
Here’s the good news/bad news. The good news is, the door can either be “left” or “right” by turning the cabinet upside down. The bad news is, the cabinet leans a little forward when the door is the other way. I would recommend that this type of cabinet be secured to the wall by the new owner.
Wanna know something funny? It makes me think of an outhouse every time I look at it. hehehehe
How would you use it?