Wall-hanging Entryway cabintet/shelf

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Project by Chris208 posted 06-18-2015 08:50 PM 1809 views 11 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a wall-hanging cabinet/shelf thing for my entryway. The case is hand-cut dovetails. the center divider is in stopped dados. The little door is in a routed track and slides to reveal either side of the case.

The case is from African mahogany, and the door and back are (I think) zebrawood. The handle on the door is walnut, and is attached with very short dowels and glue.

Basic shellac finish.

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

Thanks for looking!


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#1 posted 06-18-2015 09:00 PM

Very nice!

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#2 posted 06-18-2015 09:21 PM

Nice work! The dovetails look great and the contrast is nice. I love the contrasting handle.

-- DJG

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#3 posted 06-18-2015 11:00 PM


-- Gary, Florida

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#4 posted 06-19-2015 03:49 AM

Thanks for the kind comments!

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#5 posted 06-19-2015 05:17 AM

The choice of woods makes beautiful combination. Awesome work on hand made dovetails. I like the overal design, especialy door which covers both sides separately.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 06-19-2015 01:04 PM

Ouww lovely stuff!
Like the chiuse of timbers and how they contrast. The proportions are great as well.
Think that the overall impression would have been slightly cleaner with a hidden joint in the corners. Other than that: favorited!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#7 posted 06-19-2015 01:20 PM

Stunning. I hope you don’t mind when I steal the design.

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#8 posted 06-19-2015 01:57 PM

Nice work, Chris.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 06-19-2015 03:01 PM

Great design and your use of wood really sets it off.

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#10 posted 06-19-2015 03:01 PM

Great design and your use of wood really sets it off.

-- Daniel S

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#11 posted 06-19-2015 03:55 PM

The dovetails look too good to be true. Amazing to get that kind of accuracy with a hand cut joint.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#12 posted 06-19-2015 08:16 PM

I really appreciate all the positive comments!

While it turned out well in the end, the build wasn’t without it’s mistakes. I routed the grooves for the door on the wrong end, and had to patch them, which was a pretty flawless repair. I also had to fit a patch in the lower track so the door would fit, as I originally routed the groove too deep.

The dovetails are okay, but a really close examination would reveal some gaps that were filled with sanding dust and glue. That worked really well.

Despite my mistakes, the final product did turn out well, and no one would notice my mistakes unless they were a woodworker, or I told them.

Again, thanks for the kind words!

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#13 posted 06-20-2015 07:06 AM

Great design! I love the figure on the door and back panel.

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#14 posted 06-20-2015 06:35 PM


Dovetails are perfection, wood/grain selection is impeccable, and the eclectic design sublime.

Love. This. Piece.

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#15 posted 06-21-2015 01:20 AM


-- helen

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