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Project by schroeder posted 1926 days ago 2337 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this quaint little corner cabinet for a very dear friend. She wanted something to put her record player on. I designed it in Sketchup and stayed with an Arts ~ n~ Crafts theme. Most of the wood comes from her families’ property. The entire thing is frame and panel, mortise & tenon with some pretty creative fasteners for the 45’s, (I just can’t tell you how valuable Sketchup is in my planning). The door panels are book-matched spalted Red Alder; the logs were left on the ground for two winters and then milled and air-dried. The rest of the cabinet is White Oak with Black Walnut accents and handles. I fumed the whole thing for 20 hours and was surprised by how the spalted alder reacted – it really made the grain jump off the board. The finish is 2 coats of sealer, one coat of poly and a final of wax.

The best projects for me are those that I build for friends – this was one of my favorites. I think she will enjoy it!

Schroeder

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe





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Durnik150

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#1 posted 1926 days ago

What a fun project! I think it turned out great and I’m sure your friend will be extremely happy with it. I really like the way the grain stood out after the fuming. It almost looks like it was flat burl-wood.

Well done!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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Karson

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#2 posted 1926 days ago

Schroder. A beautiful piece. I do like the front panels. A great looking job.

While making my kitchen cabinets if found if I make the top board and bottom board spam both doors it changes the look of the cabinet greatly.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 1926 days ago

I really like the wild grain and flakes!

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

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isetegija

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#4 posted 1926 days ago

Very beautiful piece of furniture , very well done.

Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Not my woodworking http://woodworkessence.com/

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 1926 days ago

The corner units are tough to get just right looks very good

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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TomFran

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#6 posted 1926 days ago

Absolutely beautiful piece! It will be treasured, I have no doubt.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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tmiller

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#7 posted 1925 days ago

That is awesome.

Thanks for posting the pics.

-- tmwsigns.com

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sarge

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#8 posted 1924 days ago

WOW, WOW AND WOW. I LOVE IT…. PLEASE TELL ME MORE ABOUT THIS FUMING. WHAT IS IT AND HOW DO YOU DO IT? THE POP ON THE DOOR PANELS, WELL IT’S GREAT.

-- GOD CREATED THE EARTH WITH TREES, GOD CREATED MAN WITH BRAINS TO MAKE A SAW. THE REST IS UP TO US. LETS MAKE SOME SAW DUST.

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schroeder

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#9 posted 1923 days ago

Thanks all for the nice comments. She liked the cabinet and that’s what it’s all about….

Sarge – If you do a search on L.J. you will find a wealth of info about fuming: but basically, ammonia reacts with the tannin in the wood, (I’m not sure what it reacted with in the spalted alder, but it went wild). You need to use industrial ammonia – you can get it at any blueprint shop – build a “tent” to enclose the project and put a small bowl of Ammonia in the tent, leave for 12 to 36 hours (depending on how dark you want the wood). Do a little research though, the ammonia is pretty dangerous if you don’t handle it right…it’ll do more than clean your sinuses if you get any on you. Have fun!

Schroeder

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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