Custom Wooden Poker Chip Storage Cabinet and Trays

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Ya know what would make this awesome and likely more affordable is an option to sell the cabinet as a un-assembled kit that is all pre-cut and then just requires carpenters glue and a few nails or screws (that could also be pre-marked or predrilled).... Could upsell with hardware but shipping could likely be more compact and efficient. The would let those of us into the idea to order and stain the wood/customize further to our hearts desire. Now that would be cool....

Very nice cabinet though, would be a beautiful piece and any room.
 

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Ya know what would make this awesome and likely more affordable is an option to sell the cabinet as a un-assembled kit that is all pre-cut and then just requires carpenters glue and a few nails or screws (that could also be pre-marked or predrilled).... Could upsell with hardware but shipping could likely be more compact and efficient. The would let those of us into the idea to order and stain the wood/customize further to our hearts desire. Now that would be cool....

Very nice cabinet though, would be a beautiful piece and any room.
I suspect you're not going to see something like that here. What Alec is building is custom grade, hand-crafted furniture. Something that will last for your lifetime, and then you would hand down to your children. These pieces aren't just glued and screwed. There is a big difference between that and actual furniture construction. What you're describing is maybe a step above Ikea, with nice wood. Something that would be turned out in a factory or assembly line production facility. That's where big cost savings come into play. From making the same thing, exactly the same way, in large volume. I believe that to create something like what you describe in a one man shop would probably be just as time consuming on his part, maybe even more so to ensure that you end up with a quality piece that the buyer can reassemble, and that won't fall apart in 10 years. I'm not certain you would even save that much on shipping, as it would still be about the same weight. I believe Alec has sourced some reasonable shipping options if you will check with him.

Additionally, much of the appeal of these is that each one is unique, built to the buyer's exact specifications. Different woods, different sizes, different styles and stains. So while they are not inexpensive, you are getting what you pay for. A beautiful piece of hand-crafted furniture.
 

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I suspect you're not going to see something like that here. What Alec is building is custom grade, hand-crafted furniture. Something that will last for your lifetime, and then you would hand down to your children. These pieces aren't just glued and screwed. There is a big difference between that and actual furniture construction. What you're describing is maybe a step above Ikea, with nice wood. Something that would be turned out in a factory or assembly line production facility. That's where big cost savings come into play. From making the same thing, exactly the same way, in large volume. I believe that to create something like what you describe in a one man shop would probably be just as time consuming on his part, maybe even more so to ensure that you end up with a quality piece that the buyer can reassemble, and that won't fall apart in 10 years. I'm not certain you would even save that much on shipping, as it would still be about the same weight. I believe Alec has sourced some reasonable shipping options if you will check with him.

Additionally, much of the appeal of these is that each one is unique, built to the buyer's exact specifications. Different woods, different sizes, different styles and stains. So while they are not inexpensive, you are getting what you pay for. A beautiful piece of hand-crafted furniture.
I totally agree with you, My proposal is an option for all markets. A cheaper more streamlined option that could sell for a lower price may be more sellable while maintaining a flagship model for those with more specific tastes.
 

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I totally agree with you, My proposal is an option for all markets. A cheaper more streamlined option that could sell for a lower price may be more sellable while maintaining a flagship model for those with more specific tastes.
There is already a market for that. IKEA. Wayfair, Amazon.

This furniture is the same as custom hand made Amish furniture that each piece is custom built.

You definitely get what you pay for.

Your option is just not feasible.
 

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Not very good quality renders (and the model is still missing trim and such, but here are a few to give an idea of scale with 6 trays and a drawer for the front instead of an opening lid top.

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With the added height required for 6 trays, the door will stick out about 6in. Discussed incorporating a standard side opening door instead, but Tom decided to stick with this. I'm finally back in the shop for a bit and about to start some serious work on this guy.
 

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Not very good quality renders (and the model is still missing trim and such, but here are a few to give an idea of scale with 6 trays and a drawer for the front instead of an opening lid top.

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With the added height required for 6 trays, the door will stick out about 6in. Discussed incorporating a standard side opening door instead, but Tom decided to stick with this. I'm finally back in the shop for a bit and about to start some serious work on this guy.
For anyone interested in my thought process, there are pros and cons in this type of design.

Of course, the main con is the flip open drawer hanging out around 6”. I decided that it was worth it, being a slight inconvenience.
The other options were to:

1)allow a standard opening door, either opening to left or right. The issue with this design is that it would widen the cabinet to allow this. I also feel that the main storage cabinet door will not be in the open position very much, except to access chips and then the door being closed again.

2)keep the standard design of 4000 chip capacity. This may be an option for some, but I’m already at 4500 CPC chips. I really love the 6000 height, about 34”

The only problem I can see is this is not an option for someone who doesn’t have the room in the front to swing up the front door. This isn’t an issue for my space.

Another design change was the top drawer. The standard design was for the top storage space to open as a flip up design. I chose to change this to a standard pull out drawer. The main reason is that if you use the top of the cabinet as a table/display/etc., you completely lose this with the flip open style. You either have to empty the top of the cabinet every time you want to open it, or you don’t put anything on it, which to me, is a waste of a space.

I love this design and can’t wait to see what the finished product is going to look like.

@alecnetwoodworks can possibly describe in more details some of the pros and cons of this style design.
 

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There's another option to the flip up door sticking out. Expand to 8 drawers and have two flip up doors! ;)
 

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I'll let @alecnetwoodworks handle that. I only do ideas, not design and construction... :ROFL: :ROFLMAO:

Might need to be two pieces that stack?
Love the idea but a main issue I’m imagining would be the height of the cabinet. Just spitballing, but I guess the front cabinet drawers would have 2 doors. One that swings down and slides in and one that swings up and slides in. The locks would meet in the middle.
 

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Love the idea but a main issue I’m imagining would be the height of the cabinet. Just spitballing, but I guess the front cabinet drawers would have 2 doors. One that swings down and slides in and one that swings up and slides in. The locks would meet in the middle.
Yeah that’s pretty much how I envision it would have to work. But 2 more trays would add another 8in in height at least.
 

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Yeah that’s pretty much how I envision it would have to work. But 2 more trays would add another 8in in height at least.
Yeah. That would be too high. That’s what I thought would be the limiting factor. The 6 drawer cabinet height is perfect.
 

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Just stunning!

I'm always floored when I see incredible handcrafted works of art like this.

Have you ever filmed any of your builds? Or maybe a time lapse video of the progress of a build?

I hope to be a customer sooner than later. Amazing!
 

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Just stunning!

I'm always floored when I see incredible handcrafted works of art like this.

Have you ever filmed any of your builds? Or maybe a time lapse video of the progress of a build?

I hope to be a customer sooner than later. Amazing!
I spoke with Alec today, and the 6 drawer cabinet is finished. Should be posting pics very soon!
 

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Thanks for posting the pics, Tom.


Just stunning!

I'm always floored when I see incredible handcrafted works of art like this.

Have you ever filmed any of your builds? Or maybe a time lapse video of the progress of a build?

I hope to be a customer sooner than later. Amazing!

Thanks for the kind words!

I have thought about filming, but the time required for editing videos is enormous. I may try a time lapse at some point, though. I just prefer to spend my time on building things. I must admit that I have learned a ton from those craftsmen that do find the time to film and share their knowledge in videos.
 

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Does that have the wooden chip racks in each drawer or are those from like Spinettis? It is a little hard to tell from the pics?

Man that is a beautiful cabinet and I would love to have one. I need to focus funds on other poker room areas right at the moment but I will be keeping an eye on these. So well made and a great addition to your already fantastic poker room. Congrats!
 

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Does that have the wooden chip racks in each drawer or are those from like Spinettis? It is a little hard to tell from the pics?

Man that is a beautiful cabinet and I would love to have one. I need to focus funds on other poker room areas right at the moment but I will be keeping an eye on these. So well made and a great addition to your already fantastic poker room. Congrats!
The one right above your post looks to have the Spinetti trays.
 

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Thanks. I couldn't tell for sure but now that you say that it seems more clear.

Alec does such nice work (but you know that already:), and I haven't really seen other options that come anywhere close to these cabinets.
Yes. Spinetti’s.
 

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Thanks. I couldn't tell for sure but now that you say that it seems more clear.

Alec does such nice work (but you know that already:), and I haven't really seen other options that come anywhere close to these cabinets.
I agree. Before I brought him in here to build these I was not able to find anything at all like this at retail. And honestly, when you think about what many of us spend on even 1000 Paulson or TRK or CPC chips, much less what you might spend on 4000 - 6000 of them, the cost of these cabinets is really not bad at all. Add to that an infinite number of custom choices that you can make when having one built just for you, and they are a downright bargain. Beautiful, collectable poker chips deserve to be kept in a home like one of these.
 
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