Maple Wall Unit With Crystal Display

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Project by cabinetman posted 04-09-2007 06:31 PM 2184 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This wall unit I originally made as a Christmas surprise for my wife before we bought our present home. It’s a whitewash maple, very simple (I only had one week). A couple of years ago she got hooked on Swarovski crysal. Naturally, I had to make some display area for them. So I took two openings on either side and made blue velvet steps, and used the existing glass shelf that was the top shelf as the top for the display, so the lighting would shine through. Made the door to drop down so there wouldn’t be any exposed hinges, and having a door in the way while cleaning the inside. It’s 18” wide, 18” high, and 16” deep.

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#1 posted 04-09-2007 06:38 PM

first question: how could this beautiful wall unit be a surprise? Was she away while you made it and installed it???

Love the display cases.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 04-09-2007 06:54 PM


At the time my shop was in an industrial district, about 8 miles from home – just far enough. Installing it was the trick. I had to get all the parts home and installed and the electrical hooked up and all the equipment set up in one day before she came home from work at 5:30. I was a busy beaver that day. Oh yeah, almost forgot, hung a huge red Christmas ribbon on the front.

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#3 posted 04-09-2007 07:11 PM

Very pretty! By the way…your age is showing with that reel-to-reel. There’s not too many of those babies around any more. (sigh)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 04-09-2007 07:26 PM

Nice set up

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#5 posted 04-09-2007 08:56 PM

I’m doubly impressed then … 1 day AND a ribbon on the door!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 04-09-2007 09:01 PM

Beautiful wall unit and crystal collection Cabinetman

I cannot make such a surprise to my wife because I’m working in the garage and when I work, my wife is “checking” me 10 times a day if I “work according to her design”...

Living in Poland, Swarowski (in Polish the W is pronounced as V) is everywhere and my wife is also “collecting” them but they are expensive also here.

One week??? Maybe I would finish to cut half of the wood for this project…


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#7 posted 04-09-2007 09:03 PM

gotta love the formen—keeping tabs on their workers, making sure that they get it right!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 04-09-2007 09:15 PM

Niki -

You’ll have to work on it when she hits the sack. Then disguise it as something else while she’s awake. The Swarovski is expensive here too. But buying her gifts is easy. It’s all she wants. Oh, I forgot the whirlpool foot massager last year.

Debbie -

This was a Lone Ranger job. Been hoofin’ it myself for about 13 years, except for a kid helper at times. You woulda loved the bow, it was huge, about 2’ wide.

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#9 posted 04-09-2007 09:35 PM

Great display case. And getting something like that made and installed without her knowing, makes it even more of an accomplishment.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 04-10-2007 01:39 AM

Very nice display case. I don’t know why anyone would want to paint maple. I’ve got all maple kitchen cupboards, all natural and their beautiful. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 04-10-2007 03:27 AM


It’s not painted, it a white pigmented stain that lightens the darker grain. It’s called pickeling.

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#12 posted 04-10-2007 04:03 AM

The wife must have been “pickled” pink over this piece. Your comment of it being simple sounds a little self-denigrating. I think it is a nice clean modern design.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#13 posted 04-17-2007 03:50 PM

Only a week….? It would have taken me at least five or six months. Great job. Nice add on packages witht he displays.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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