Bow front linen cabinets

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Project by dewoodwork posted 08-15-2007 06:40 AM 3752 views 17 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When my wife asked for a couple of small linen cabinets for our bathrooms she would have settled for a basic square box with a door. I wanted to experiment with bent lamination’s and veneer. After envisioning what I wanted to build she mentioned she wanted a open shelf and towel bar. So this is what evolved.

The cabinets are twins and feature quarter sawn white oak, walnut and tiger anigre veneer.
The doors are a bent lamination using Italian bending poplar. This project was made before I had a vacuum press. I made a male and female bending form and lots of clamps. The bent lamination is veneered then cut square at the table saw using a shop made cradle type sled, then ripped in half using the same sled. The doors are then edged with walnut and carefully flushed using a flush trim bit at the router table as well as some hand tool finessing. Once the doors are made the cabinet is built to fit the doors. The top and bottom hardwood edges of the doors where made with a little extra thickness that is carefully shaved away to finesse the fit and achieve the proper spacing for the knife hinges. The case is assembled with biscuit joinery. The cabinets hang by 4 keyhole slots on heavy duty drywall anchors and or screws.

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

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#1 posted 08-15-2007 06:59 AM

Very nice!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 08-15-2007 07:17 AM

Exceptional! Doors are very sweet with all the curl in the anigre. What really sets these off for me (besides the doors and nice hardware echoing the curves) are the curved tops and the edge treatment on the shelves. Everything has a sense of delicacy. Bravo!

I better show these to the wife! Instant excuse for the Roar-rocket lamination kit and other unknown and expensive tooling.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#3 posted 08-15-2007 08:30 AM

Speechless – just beautiful cabinets.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 08-15-2007 09:01 AM

beautiful peices. anigre is a real nice veneer to work with i like it alot. you mentioned bending poplar, i never heard of it, is it a plywood or solid? very very nice work

-- mjhaines

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#5 posted 08-15-2007 11:59 AM

gorgeous. And now are you building more cabinets to match?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 08-15-2007 02:13 PM

Thanks for the comments folks. Bending poplar is a very flexible 1/4” plywood. I do plan to build more bath cabinets but not necessarily matching. I like to make each piece with its own character. The future cabinets will be mirrored vanities.

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

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#7 posted 08-15-2007 03:16 PM

Very nice cabinets. The Anigre is some great looking veneer. I’m never glued any of mine up yet.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 08-15-2007 03:39 PM

Really stunning. Very nice design and execution.

-- Gary, Florida

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#9 posted 08-15-2007 04:22 PM

Nicely done, I love me some curves :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#10 posted 08-15-2007 04:49 PM

Handles make it!

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#11 posted 08-15-2007 07:13 PM

Very nice cabinets Dewayne. I have to agree with Ken, the curved handles accent the piece well.

-- Rick - Spring, TX

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#12 posted 08-15-2007 08:50 PM

Very, very Beautiful woodworking shown here Dewayne. Fantastic.

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

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#13 posted 08-16-2007 12:34 AM

You do great work, Dewayne. They’re really beautiful.

-- John

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#14 posted 08-16-2007 01:19 AM

Very nice in deed! All of the elements complement each other and truly make for woodworkers “eye candy”

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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#15 posted 08-17-2007 03:19 AM

That’s some real wood work, DeWayne. Great job.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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