J.R.R. Tolkien curved-front cabinet

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Project by hickeymad posted 12-07-2014 03:09 AM 1592 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was part of my second year mastery work at the NW Woodworking studio. I wanted to try a milk- painted and carved basswood cabinet and this is the result. The stand was going to originally be grain-filled and dyed black but I could not bring myself to cover the straight-grained Meranti. The blue through tenons were an afterthought.

Named it after one of my favorite authors from my childhood as the theme suited middle earth. Carved the rain and puddles through the milk-paint. The inside door panel has Japanese rice paper applied. Made this for my kids room as they have a growing collection of books that could use a bit o’neatn.

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#1 posted 12-07-2014 04:23 AM

It’s very nicely done and I appreciate the name. Maybe someday your kids will keep a copy of the Silmarillion or other Tolkien work in there.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 12-07-2014 04:51 PM

Excellent work!

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#3 posted 12-07-2014 06:24 PM

Tolkien was one of the authors who showed me that reading could actually be enjoyable. With that being said, I think he would have enjoyed this build. Nice job

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#4 posted 12-07-2014 06:38 PM

Love the screens in the door frames! LOL! I’m also a fan of the base it’s sitting on. Not to big on milk paint though. Overall I’m guessing you achieved the expectations for this project.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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