Woodworking Project: Coffee Bar Mini-Fridge Cabinet

One day I got a message from my softball coach from college telling me that she was looking for a piece of furniture for her office. I quickly gave her a call to learn more and by the end of the phone call, I was so excited! She said that she wanted a custom coffee station that incorporated her mini fridge. Since there is no official kind of furniture like this I knew it was going to be custom-built. I’m calling it a ‘coffee bar mini-fridge cabinet’…at least I am for now.

The first step was to get the measurements of her mini-fridge cabinet. It turned out to be 17 inches wide, 26 inches tall, and 20 inches deep. I had a vision of this rustic looking piece where her mini-fridge fit perfectly into and it also included a spot where she can display her coffee mugs.

I quickly sketched something out and sent it her way to see if she liked the concept.

She said, “Why am I in love with this right now?” Nothing is better than hearing your customer liking (or loving) your vision.
I took a trip to Home Depot to buy the wood that I was going to need. I also purchased a solid wood door from a seller because I planned on using that as the back part of this coffee bar mini-fridge cabinet.

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First Build, First Failure, First Success!

I have always wanted to attempt to build a piece of furniture to see if I was any good at building/woodworking. I just never knew what to build. I wanted to make sure that whatever I built, it was going to be useful for someone. That’s when it hit me…my friend Kristi has been talking about how she wanted a sofa table for quite some time. She was never able to find something that fit her couch well or matched her living room. I knew at this moment that building one was the way to go and I could surprise her with it!

First I needed the measurements of her couch. However, I never found the perfect opportunity to take my measuring tape out and measure without ruining the surprise. So instead, I went online, found her couch and pulled the measurements from the website.

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