Carleen's Cupboard

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Project by Thos. Angle posted 07-28-2007 02:54 AM 1835 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This came about because we were going to remodel the kitchen. Well, we had to because this junky house was beyond repair. I also wanted to try something in Sapele because that’s what Carleen had picked forher kitchen. The cupboard stands about 78 inches tall and is 28 wide.Thereis no work surface to speak of.Carleen wanted all those “Wren Houses” so I build them. I laughed about them but we use them for everything. The carved leather panels are removable for cleaning. The drawers are dovetailed. The finish is wipeing poly over shellac with no stain. This is the piece that Bobbi Hammer saw that led to the Hammer Secretary.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 07-28-2007 03:03 AM


Beautiful. I love your leather work! Absolutely amazing.

Sapele is a beautiful wood.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 07-28-2007 03:05 AM

Thanks, Lee, that is indeed a compliment coming from you

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 07-28-2007 03:47 AM

Thos, my heart started to palpitate when I saw the thumbnail pic, looked like small boxes, and although I just love small boxes, I wasn’t at all disappointed when the full size of the picture revealed this beautiful cupboard. You do lovely work.

I was fooled by one of your other projects where you had a leather insert. Upon first glance in these pictures, it looks like carved wood. Very special work!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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Thos. Angle

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#4 posted 07-28-2007 03:50 AM

Thanks Don, I have thought about carving wood but it is a totally different proposition. And those are small boxes with dovetails on all four corners.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Bob Babcock

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#5 posted 07-28-2007 05:34 AM

Gorgeous Thos… really breathtaking. Beautiful grain choices.

-- Bob

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#6 posted 07-28-2007 06:00 AM

Wow...that’s all I can say.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#7 posted 07-28-2007 06:59 AM

That’s beautiful! Love the carved leather work and would never have never thought of incorporating leather panel inserts. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Express creativity with wood, Dewayne. Vacaville CA.

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#8 posted 07-28-2007 07:01 AM

Me too, or three, or four…

What a nice piece. My admiration for Sapele grows stronger…

Thanks for posting this!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#9 posted 07-28-2007 02:29 PM

how do the leather panels get removed?


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 08-01-2007 05:25 PM

Wow! Great leather work! Great woodwork too!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#11 posted 08-01-2007 06:18 PM

Great job. I thought those panels were wood too, before you said leather.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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