John's Armoire

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Project by woodworksbyjohn posted 08-29-2015 01:03 AM 2756 views 60 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project has been brewing in my mind for quite some time now. It is my own design and personal project that I was able to build between a few paying commissions. Although I’ve always liked the looks of an armoire, most seem to have a huge, monolithic appearance so with my design that has been broken up by the three levels of the top. The over-all size is 19” deep by 48.5” wide and 74” tall. If asked what the style of this piece is I would say it is definitely Shaker influenced with an Asian flare. The hardware is from Lee Valley and Horton Brass. If you check out my blog you’ll see that this was a very complex piece to make—- I’m glad I get to use it every day!
I use traditional techniques for this project which is made of Genuine Mahogany. Draw-bored mortise and tenon, hand cut dovetails, and wooden drawer web are all features of this Armoire. The finish is Danish Oil with a 3 part blend, top coat which is wet sanded in for a traditional look and feel.
If you’d like to see the blog posts I did during the construction of this piece you can copy and paste this into your browser:

-- John Visit my Blog:

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#1 posted 08-29-2015 02:25 AM

John, this really got my attention. The cherry has such a rich, warm color and I have a long time fondness for anything shakerish. Some of my favorite shaker pieces are asymmetric and somewhere on my bucket list is an
low chest with maybe 3-5 drawers and a door.

-- too old to rock & roll......

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#2 posted 08-29-2015 02:41 AM

John, what a wonderful build and such an eye pleasing design. Thanks for sharing.

-- Michael A. Norman

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#3 posted 08-29-2015 02:54 AM

Really nice. Can tell you were a shaker lover. Excellent adaptation.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#4 posted 08-29-2015 02:58 AM

Appreciate the comments, I forgot to mention that everything began with 8/4 Mahogany that was resawn as needed for drawers, tops, and panels. While resawing one of the boards I discovered some birdseye figure—didn’t know that Genuine Mahogany had that but those pieces are in the door. You have to look close at the photo but in real life they’re pretty noticeable, yep; it’s all about the wood!

-- John Visit my Blog:

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#5 posted 08-29-2015 07:57 AM

Oh, this looks absolutely great, like the style and craftmanship that much. I think it is a pleasure to have such a unique piece of furniture in the house every time you look at it.
Thank you very much for sharing!

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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#6 posted 08-29-2015 10:04 AM

Really nice cabinetry,you ought to be able to store some stuff in that rascal.

-- K9 Ohio

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#7 posted 08-29-2015 11:19 AM

Excellent piece and design!

-- Doug...

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#8 posted 08-29-2015 11:39 AM

Well done!

-- John , Central PA , on facebook:!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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#9 posted 08-29-2015 11:40 AM

Beautiful build!
Love the style and you seem to have gotten the proportions just right.

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#10 posted 08-29-2015 12:00 PM

Absolutely gorgeous. What a piece from concept to construction!

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#11 posted 08-29-2015 12:19 PM

John, that’s a beautiful piece and has a lot of character.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 08-29-2015 12:49 PM

Hey, that is really a cool piece of work.
Would you part with the plans? I’ve a load of mesquite and wouuld love to
do a “Sonoran Shaker” piece.

Really enjoyed your blog site as well.


-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#13 posted 08-29-2015 01:21 PM

The design is very appealing to the eye and the mahogany looks incredible. Great job designing & constructing.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#14 posted 08-29-2015 01:25 PM

Great job.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#15 posted 08-29-2015 01:51 PM

beautiful build

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