Birch Wall Cabinet with Spalted Maple Panel

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Project by djg posted 10-01-2015 12:08 PM 9130 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The cabinet is made from birch and some spalted maple. All dados, rabbets, grooves, dovetails, and final planing done by hand. The walnut knob was turned on the lathe and a wooden friction bullet keeps the door shut with a subtle click. The drawer opens and closes like a piston. When you pull/push the drawer you can feel air being expelled through the finger hole. the drawer is tight enough not to be sloppy but loose enough to open. Spalted maple was a bit of a nightmare to deal with….I learned quite quickly that some of the wood was a little punky and needed wood stabilizer which worked like a charm. It is awaiting installation at the Craft council of NL gallery in November for their annual Christmas exibition.

We have a similar key cabinet in our entry way. It hangs on the wall on a french cleat. We use ours religiously. It takes some habit forming but once you get used to putting your keys in, you’ll always know where to find them. Its a great place to store your main key sets and the drawer is a great place for odd keys that you have laying around.

The peice was finished with a hand rubbed oil/varnish blend. Hope you like it.

-- DJG

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#1 posted 10-01-2015 01:22 PM

very nice, good job!

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#2 posted 10-01-2015 01:59 PM

Beutiful… I am such a sucker for this type of cabinets ;-)

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#3 posted 10-01-2015 05:11 PM

Lovely cabinet!

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#4 posted 10-01-2015 09:11 PM

That is a great looking cabinet. I really like making pieces of about this size.

I am not familiar with using a “friction bullet” to hold a door closed. I am guessing that I see it in the lower right of the last photo. Could you please explain this?

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#5 posted 10-01-2015 09:46 PM


Beautiful project, every bit as impressive as the cabinet you have in use at your home.

Keep up the good work.


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#6 posted 10-02-2015 01:31 AM

Great craftsmanship & wood selection.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#7 posted 10-02-2015 10:29 AM

Thanks for all the comments. Appreciate all the good words.

@Herb Hope your trip back to FL was good. BTW Thanks for the spalted sycamore! I am glad that i did this project with the spalted maple since I have some more and I learned a lot about working with it. These skills will come in handy when I work with the sycamore. When it “speaks” to me I’ll make something special with it.

-- DJG

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#8 posted 10-02-2015 12:50 PM

You’ve done a very nice job on this cabinet.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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