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The graphic pattern on this red-and-amber-colored stained-glass sidelight really complemented the Mod-ish furnishings in my apartment. But the window's tall, narrow proportions are what made it ideal for the door of a wall-mounted storage unit for bar glasses that I wanted to put in an awkward recess in my dining room.

Here's the step-by-step for the DIY stained-glass bar cabinet I built:

Step 1

Rip wood to size

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Using a table saw, cut the bar cabinet's 1x preprimed pine sides to the length of the glass door. The ends and shelves should be 1 ½ inches smaller than the window's width.

You can also have the wood cut for you at the lumber yard.

Step 2

Layout placement of shelves

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Mark on the sides where the shelves of the stained-glass cabinet will be placed, using a pencil and framing square.

Step 3

Fit pieces together

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Glue the top and bottom panels between the side walls, then glue in the shelves.

Step 4

Secure with screws

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Steady the unit with clamps and drive in finish screws to reinforce the glue.

Step 5

Paint the cabinet

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Paint the unit, and let it dry.

Step 6

Attach the back

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Add a ½-inch plywood back panel secured with glue and steel tacks.

Step 7

Mortise hinges

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Create mortises for the door hinges by scooping out the wood with a chisel, its

bevel side facing down. Then flip the chisel bevel side up to smooth the surface.

Step 8

Line hinges up with glass panel

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Put the closed hinges in the mortises and place the glass door squarely on top of the cabinet to mark where the hinges line up on its wooden frame.

Step 9

Attach the hardware

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Predrill for the hinge screws, place the cabinet on its side next to the glass, and attach the hardware

Step 10

Add a handle

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Screw on a handle like this salvaged bin pull for opening and closing the door.

Step 11

Hang the cabinet

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Hang the cabinet with an anchoring system appropriate for your wall type. And load it up with glasses.