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Project by Mike Shea posted 2045 days ago 2497 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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This project i made about 3 years ago for my father. he was traveling around the world regularly with a buisness he works for. he began to collect small trinkets and souveniers from different countries and cities around the world. i decided to make him a small case where he could display all his items on the wall. i designed a downsized version of what we call a curio cabinet. the cabinet needed to be small enough to not overwhelm the tiny items being displayed inside. the cabinet is made form african mohogany and hard maple. it stands about 32” tall and 14 ” wide. the case is simply joined with box joints. the back of the cabinet and door are frame and panel construction . i finished the top and bottom of the case with a cove moulding that i made. the cove moulding was made by running the stock paralell with the table saw blade to create the radius of the cove that i desired. with a stainless contemporary handle and glass shelves this cabinet was one of my fav’s. yesterday my father asked me if i could re apply a coat of linseed oil. i took this opurtunity to take photos of it. i also wanted to see if the cabinets joinery had held up over the years. being a fairly new woodworker at the time that i made this cabinet i expected my knowledge of wood movement to minimal. i thought joints and panels would be seperating. suprisingly everything was still holding strong as if i had just made it. my faith in modern day adhessives and glues are great

-- i can do all things through christ who strengthens me





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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 2045 days ago

Really nice craftsmanship, Mike.

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

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kolwdwrkr

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#2 posted 2045 days ago

very nice cabinet! The only negative comments I have would be #1 maybe try some knife hinges, #2 the catch is aweful and looks cheap. Other then that the woodwork is excellant. Thanks for sharing.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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jim1953

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#3 posted 2045 days ago

Great Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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gbear

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#4 posted 2045 days ago

Very nice Mike. I really like the pattern in the cove moulding.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 2045 days ago

You just blew me away man! I can’t believe you didn’t get pictures of this sooner on LJ!

Your design sense was pretty sophisticated for this one. You achieved good proportions.

The use of a cove that is not the standard off-the-shelf dimensions is fantastic. There is such an elegance to it. The execution looks to be very well done.

You have been holding out on us!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Douglas Bordner

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#6 posted 2045 days ago

Very nice piece Mike. Must have given the gooseneck scraper a workout with that beautiful coved crown molding.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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pickles

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#7 posted 2045 days ago

Very good design man! The proportions are great, techniques are traditional but trade that catch in for a bullet catch or wooden catch. It will take your project to the next level.

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Mike Shea

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#8 posted 2045 days ago

“kolwdwrkr” and “pickes”- i really wasnt aware of any other hinges at the time when i made this cabinet. back then home depot was my main source of hardware. haha and lord knows they dont have much to offer. now i know of several places i can go to get specialty hardware. i was going to leave it but know you guys have me wanting to replace the hinges and the catch. that is a great iidea and it will improve the quality and look of the cabinet

what is a bullet catch i dont think i have ever heard of that. ill google it. and as far as the hinge goes what do you recomend? the knife hinge? the size of the door hinge that i get would have to be the same size or bigger to cover the existing hinge mortise. right?

“todd”- yea man i have been holdin out on you. lol. and theres allot more where that came from. if you knew how many proects i have let go of without taking photos you would be suprised. back then i wasnt as intimate with my work like i am today. i really had no design sense at all. i got lucky with this one and thats why when i saw the cabinet again i had to take photos of it. i completely forgot that i had made it.

glad i could share it with everyone and thanks for the coments everybody.

PS: “douglas” i didnt even know how to use a scraper then. if i had listened to todds blogs and videos i might have. by the way “todd” great videos and blogs on scrapers. congrats on your feature into wood magazines instructional videos. everybody check them out if you havnt already.

-- i can do all things through christ who strengthens me

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Mike Shea

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#9 posted 2045 days ago

how about that handle thogh i love that funky lookin handle. its my favorite part

-- i can do all things through christ who strengthens me

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Mark Mazzo

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#10 posted 2045 days ago

Mike,

This is beautiful work! Very nice design and proportions…and you’re right, the handle is cool!

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at http://thecraftsmanspath.com

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BarryW

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#11 posted 2045 days ago

a really fine cabinet…excellent work…pretty wood, too.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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pickles

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#12 posted 2045 days ago

There is nothing wrong with the hinges IMO. Bullet catch Knife hinges are very elegant and inconspicuous, but tricky to layout. Also. they install on the top and bottom of the door. It’s a nice piece!

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cajunpen

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#13 posted 2045 days ago

I don’t think I’d worry about the hinges or the catch – in fact, I was so busy admiring the rest of the case that I didn’t even notice the hinges or catch. Great job – you should be proud.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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woodworm

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#14 posted 2045 days ago

I’m with the others above. Very nice!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Blake

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#15 posted 2031 days ago

This really is beautiful. I thing the self-made cove molding is a great detail. Its always interesting to look back at early projects and analyze them with a more experienced eye.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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