Daughter's ninth birthday Present

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Project by Patrick Oughton posted 11-06-2007 02:57 AM 2365 views 12 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter needed a small shelf to place some of her many ornaments on. The cabinet frame is Rimu, the internal shelves and back are ash, the stand is Maple and the outer shelf is Rimu. All up it took over about 15 hours (working at night once the kids were asleep).

All dovetails and joinery was handcut.
There are two small drawers missing from the photos which fit in the pockets (top right and bottom left). These are made of Kwila and are all hand cut dovetails as well.

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#1 posted 11-06-2007 03:00 AM

Very nice. Is she proud of her daddy?

-- 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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Patrick Oughton

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#2 posted 11-06-2007 03:10 AM

She certainly is – but she told me I take far too long to make things.

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#3 posted 11-06-2007 03:13 AM

Looks great, I love the style. A truly beautiful piece.

-- Farles from Niagara - Woodworking, like life, is a journey...enjoy the ride!

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#4 posted 11-06-2007 03:16 AM

thats a nice looking shelf. One day she may give it to her child and say heers what Grandpa made.

-- bryano

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#5 posted 11-06-2007 03:26 AM

You Kiwi’s sure have some strange sounding woods but they sure are pretty! As long as you have little girls theer is a never ending need for places to store and display doo-dads and thing-a-ma-jigs. They stay little girls until they are about 45 or so. As long as there’s a Daddy to build stuff.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 11-06-2007 03:31 AM

love it ! great looking project. very well done. add a photo with the drawers installed !

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

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#7 posted 11-06-2007 04:12 AM

A beautiful design, perfectly executed!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 11-06-2007 04:14 AM

Beautiful! The overall design nicely stimulates the artistic senses. I am a fan of this piece.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#9 posted 11-06-2007 05:04 AM

Very nice work. it’s really a different design I like that

-- islandworkshop

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#10 posted 11-06-2007 12:53 PM

Well done. As Thomas said, strange names for the woods – but they are beautiful. I like it.

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

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

so elegant, so simplistic, so functional, so artistic.
A treasure indeed (even if it did take too long to build) too cute.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#12 posted 11-06-2007 04:04 PM

Very nice! I`m sure it will be treasured!

-- Spread love with our work

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#13 posted 11-06-2007 05:49 PM

Very nice! A great personalized gift.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#14 posted 11-06-2007 05:56 PM

Caught my eye. I like it.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#15 posted 11-06-2007 06:31 PM

Very nice, seems to have an Asian influence…very unique and special, great job.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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