Wenge Entertainment Armoire

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Project by thewoodwhisperer posted 11-11-2007 05:54 PM 3572 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This past summer was the “Summer of Armoires”. 4 pieces commissioned by the same client. This particular piece is made from wenge with maple accents. The design was something the client found in a South African furniture catalog. It proved to be a very interesting project. Working with that much wenge was no fun at all, but the final product made it worth it. Oh and cutting sheet steel was no picnic either!

This unit is definitely NOT everyone’s cup of tea. But as a furniture builder, sometimes you need to remove your own opinion from the equation. So I cant say that I dont “like” the piece. But I can say you would never see it in my house. :)

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#1 posted 11-11-2007 06:05 PM

I hear you! I can appreciate the talent and craftsmanship that went into this and the sideboard. Not my cup of tea stylewise either, but that comes with the territiry of being a professional. Great job!

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

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#2 posted 11-11-2007 06:30 PM

Not my style either but great work! Looks like a busy summer.


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Damian Penney

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#3 posted 11-11-2007 06:47 PM

I like it a lot actually, although I’d have gone with a silver/white gold leaf instead of the steel. Neat though.

-- 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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#4 posted 11-11-2007 06:54 PM

A very interesting Armoire. How thick was the steel?

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

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#5 posted 11-11-2007 07:34 PM

Very good work! Looks very clean and precise.

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

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#6 posted 11-11-2007 07:46 PM

The steel was abotu 1/16” but acted more like 1/8” due to the texture. No fun.

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Dan'um Style

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#7 posted 11-11-2007 07:59 PM

Great project. Looks like a futuristic ice box.

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

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#8 posted 11-11-2007 08:04 PM

Interesting piece – Is that all solid wenge? Is wenge brittle? OR – what are its qualities?

Also, how is it constructed? Looks like post and panel, but I can’t tell for sure…

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

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dennis mitchell

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#9 posted 11-11-2007 08:06 PM

I’ve built some ugly stuff…just to deliver it and realize yep the customer was right. The setting makes all the difference. I’ve also had some of my best work placed in furniture stores in such a way to make it look pretty bad. That is a pretty cool project. Interesting doors!

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#10 posted 11-11-2007 08:15 PM

Great project, especially when the doors are open.

-- bryano

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#11 posted 11-11-2007 09:25 PM

and then those small drawers (?) at the bottom. Very nice.
It is beautiful work, whether you like the style or not….

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#12 posted 11-11-2007 10:39 PM

3 photos brother – 3! Close up of drawers or doors, something.

I like this style. I am influenced by everything but lean toward a modern style.

You do have to administer some diplomacy with the customers sometimes when it come to voicing opinions on style.

Looks like pretty tight work.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Thos. Angle

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#13 posted 11-12-2007 03:17 AM

At first impression my thought was,”refridgerator” but that is some wonderful work in the interior. I really like the way the drawers turned out. Some times we do what the customer wants and grow and learn from the experience. It is absolutley professional work.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#14 posted 12-03-2007 05:33 PM

Great Job! I hope these Wenge projects DEPLETED your supply…since it was so bothersome to you…don’t use the scraps when you barbecue…LOL!!

Keep it up!

-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses

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#15 posted 11-17-2008 04:24 AM

Can I have some tea, I likey.
Understand its for a customer, but if I would remake only thing I would change would be the shape to follow the golden rule. Make it more pleasing to the eye and less refrigerator looking like thos angle mentioned.

great work

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