Salvaged Doug-Fir Wall Cabinet

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Project by RedBeard posted 04-26-2010 07:07 PM 2668 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a cabinet I made for a birthday present. The doors are book-matched pieces old-growth Douglas Fir salvaged from a mine shaft in Black Hawk, Colorado. The boards had a dark gray patina and a heavily checked surface. The stripe effect was achieved by taking a light pass with the planer, leaving just enough of the dark grooves. I have to admit it was unintentional at first, but I quickly set about repeating the process. The pull is carved from a piece of walnut, and the carcass is tiger maple. It’s about 17” tall, and hangs on the wall with a French cleat. The finish is Minwax semi-gloss wipe on Poly.

I hope you guys dig it.

-- Measure once, cut twice

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#1 posted 04-26-2010 07:15 PM

thats so cool. neat story also

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#2 posted 04-26-2010 07:21 PM

Cool story to go along with a neat project. Nicely done.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 04-26-2010 07:26 PM

Great job. Funny when or where you find inspiration isn’t it?

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#4 posted 04-26-2010 09:33 PM

I dig it! Very cool. I love the wood grain of the doors and the carcass.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#5 posted 04-26-2010 10:42 PM

Very cool. I really like the natural look.

-- The view only changes for the leading dog.

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#6 posted 04-27-2010 01:57 AM

very nice, good score on the doug fir from black hawk. those doors are sweet.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#7 posted 04-27-2010 03:42 AM

almost looks like zebra-wood … even better … I like this very much. What part of Denver?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 04-27-2010 02:58 PM

Good job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#9 posted 05-04-2010 08:06 PM

Wow. That piece has a look all it’s own, almost a Harry Potter look. Good use of that wood.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#10 posted 05-16-2012 03:05 PM

As said above. This is what David Savage calls a WOW piece! Meaning damn I wish I’d made that! Simple, organic, and functional! With great visual movement in the piece.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 05-16-2012 03:09 PM

Another thought? Should you be inspired to do it again take your mind through the entire piece? Would like to continue the promise you gave me when I looked at the doors? I guess I’m to biased by Krenov’s work? But damn dude you have a lot to offer! I’m jealous of where you are going in your wood working journey!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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