China Cabinet in quartersawn white oak

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Project by Len posted 04-18-2007 03:47 PM 2210 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since this was to be a “Stickley” design, it seemed appropriate to make it of quartersawn white oak. We found a source, rented a truck, and made a day of it. Turned out I bought too much, so used the leftovers to make the accompanying server. One mistake: I was so keen on getting a great grain match on the top, that it came out the best I’ve ever done. The mistake: it’s on top, at eye level. You can’t see it unless you’ve a stepstool to look down at it!

-- Len Rogers

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#1 posted 04-18-2007 04:08 PM

I can see it now, company says, “What a beautiful cabinet!!” Response: “Thanks. Now just climb up on this stepstool and loo at the top!!!”

It’s a beautiful set

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 04-18-2007 04:39 PM

Good looking project.

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#3 posted 04-18-2007 04:53 PM

Nice. Well at least every time you get the candlesticks down you can be reminded of your fine working of the top.

-- John

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#4 posted 04-18-2007 07:53 PM

Wow! How long did it take you? This is really great the more you look at it. Outstanding work!

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

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#5 posted 04-18-2007 09:36 PM

It’s a beauty Len

You know, I’m consulting my designer and client (that is my wife, she was working with me before so she knows what she is talking about but, now she has her garden…) in every step of the project and I remember, when I was choosing the boards for the top and bottom, she was telling me “what you are using the best parts for something that nobody will see”...and she is correct…

Beautiful design and work

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#6 posted 04-18-2007 10:02 PM

Wow, that’s fantastic! But it’s past Easter….you should really take down the tree. :-)

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

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#7 posted 04-18-2007 10:37 PM

Thanks to all for the nice compliments!
The Christmas tree is only there as a distraction… and because the project was finished in time for Christmas. Working weekends only, and only when it was warm enough to get my CT Garage warm enough,) it took about 3 months altogether. It’s a slight modification of the one labeled as ”#815 China Cabinet” in Robert Lang’s book, “Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture”, available from Cambium Press. To Debbie: yes, I once asked someone to stand on a stool… sorry. Niki: your wife is right.

-- Len Rogers

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Mark A. DeCou

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#8 posted 04-18-2007 11:23 PM

very nice. Thanks for sharing. There are many QSWO and Stickley fans residing here!

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#9 posted 04-19-2007 04:22 AM

Very nicely done! I’d like to be able to say I am able to produce something like that – but I’m not there yet…

-- † Hops †

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#10 posted 04-19-2007 05:07 AM

Excellent work! I just love QSWO.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#11 posted 04-19-2007 04:47 PM

That is a beauty. I really like the white oak. How did you finish the piece?


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#12 posted 04-19-2007 06:28 PM

Finished in Minwax “Early American”, (resembles Stickley’s “fuming process”,) then Varathane Diamond polyurethane, water based, (easy cleanup allows reusing the brushes!) and almost no odor.

-- Len Rogers

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#13 posted 04-19-2007 06:43 PM

very nice work

-- Phil, Chattanooga,TN

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#14 posted 04-19-2007 10:30 PM

OK - I’ll bite – QSWO?

Nice work Len. I chuckled at your need to tell us about the ‘mistake’. I think that compulsion lies in all of us.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#15 posted 04-20-2007 03:05 AM

Great piece of work.
Why don’t you show us an image of your beautiful top, & you should keep a print of it to show your friends. it’s much safer than climbing a step stool. LOL

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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