String inlaid cabinet

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Project by lumberdog posted 06-26-2016 08:05 PM 1101 views 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Walnut inlaid with holly stringing, dovetails were cut by hand. The berries in the line and berry design are made from cherry dowels. The cabinet measures 18” tall x 21 1/2” wide x 12 1/2” deep. The secondary woods are pine and oak.
I am posting this project on my lumberdog account page because i posted on the woodformer1 page by mistake.
This project was also chosen as a DAILY TOP 3.

-- Lumberdog.. Morley, Michigan

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#1 posted 06-26-2016 08:07 PM

Exceptional! beautiful work!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#2 posted 06-26-2016 09:14 PM

That is amazing. The colors look beautiful together.

I am curious about the cherry berries. Everything else is face grain – but the dowels are end grain. I can’t tell from the pictures – but how did you make the dowels blend in with the rest of the piece?

Thanks for sharing.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 06-26-2016 09:28 PM

amazing craftsmanship – very charming piece

-- Greg Simon

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#4 posted 06-27-2016 12:33 AM

Wow, beautiful craftsmanship here. You do fantastic work, that cabinet really looks great, super detail.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 06-27-2016 01:35 AM


-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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#6 posted 06-27-2016 04:32 AM

Inlay work is beyond compare! Looks realy beautiful. Metal handles are just real match to this cabinet.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 06-27-2016 01:37 PM

So very impressive ,love the design,great workmanship.This is a real stand out piece.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 06-27-2016 04:02 PM

Wow, this is great! I wish more people built pieces like this. This shows what a real craftsman does. Thanks for sharing.

-- Pete

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#9 posted 06-27-2016 08:04 PM

Beautiful! Makes me want to cut down a holly and start drying me some stringing material.

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#10 posted 06-27-2016 10:26 PM

I would like to thank everyone for their comments, this was another fun and interesting project but also frustrating at times. I drew a rough sketch on a piece of wrapping paper, cut out the drawer fronts to full size using cardboard them drew on my stringing design, i went though several disigns before i come up with this one. The drop pulls come off an old sewing machine cabinet that i purchased at a garage sale. This project was picked for the Daily Top 3, but i first posted using a past nickname by mistake, you can go to woodformer1 to check this out.

-- Lumberdog.. Morley, Michigan

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#11 posted 06-28-2016 05:06 AM


-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 06-29-2016 03:53 AM

Very nice! Great workmanship!

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#13 posted 06-29-2016 12:33 PM

In reply to Betsy’s question, i applied two coats of BLO ( boiled linseed oil ) let that dry for about a week then applied three coats of amber shellac, then finished it off with paste wax. I wasn’t sure how the cherry dowels were going to look but it worked out fine.

-- Lumberdog.. Morley, Michigan

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#14 posted 06-29-2016 09:09 PM

As I’m aspiring to learn string inlay, I gotta know if you cut them by hand, ... or did you use a router and templates??
Either way it’s a beautiful piece for sure.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#15 posted 06-30-2016 12:00 AM

Lumberdog – thanks for answering the question about the cherry dowels.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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