Cherry/Walnut Entertainment Armoire

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Project by thewoodwhisperer posted 11-11-2007 06:07 PM 3986 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is another unit produced during my “Summer of Armoires”. The piece is once again the client’s design. The shuttered door were certainly and interesting design choice. And in fact they were recovered from another piece that was destroyed in the past. Somehow the doors survived a fall down a flight of steps.
Its actually quite a bit more challenging to build a case around doors than it is to size a set of doors to a case.

Most of this piece is home-veneered (cherry) mdf with solid walnut accents. Finish is pure tung oil.

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Douglas Bordner

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

Sweet piece, Mark. The feet are great, and inquiring minds want to know about the drawer front accents.

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

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#2 posted 11-11-2007 06:33 PM

Interesting design choice with the shuttered doors. Great looking cherry veneer. I am interested in the drawer accents as well . . .


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Dan'um Style

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#3 posted 11-11-2007 06:40 PM

Great project ! Cherry and walnut look terrific together.

And that cherry, nothing smells as good as cherry when you are working on it. someone should invent a lumberjock air freshener called “cherry sawdust”. Bet it would be big on amazon.

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

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#4 posted 11-11-2007 06:51 PM

Beautiful piece, just thinking about making those doors makes me nervous. You can see in my pic, I love to mix wood speceis together to but I have never tried cherry and walnut, Ill have to give it a shot.

-- John Hudson, JCSwoodworks/Guardsman Furniture Pro

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#5 posted 11-11-2007 06:57 PM

Another great furniture piece. The doors are an interesting choice. But a great job.

-- 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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#6 posted 11-11-2007 07:05 PM

Doug, I think the accents on the drawers are the tails of the dovetails. Nice piece.

-- 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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#7 posted 11-11-2007 07:48 PM

Damien has it exactly right. The dovetails are through so the maple tails peek out the front.

Thanks for lookin’!

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

Or would that be walnut tails!

Another interesting piece of furniture! Do the shutters on the doors open and close or are they fixed?

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

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#9 posted 11-11-2007 09:31 PM

now this I like! beautiful

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 11-11-2007 09:56 PM

You’re right about sizing the opening around the doors, that is the hard route. Sometimes we don’t have that luxury and I think you did a great job. I bet that thing just weighs a ton from the mdf.

I think the bigger proportions allow a little more room for everything to play out visually on this larger piece, that being the color and structure elements. I have no doubt that in their contextual environment that they work well with each other and enhance the overall good looks.

By the way, will we get to see these pieces in their home? It is always neat to see where the pieces reside.

I think this is a pretty neat and creative set overall. Design is always the most challenging aspect. You have to design for color, environment, and function then add in you have to design around salvaged pieces. I think you pulled it off pretty good.


-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#11 posted 11-12-2007 03:42 AM

Marc, Very nice.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#12 posted 11-12-2007 03:56 AM


Nice job! I like the taper on the edge of the top to lighten the piece. Also, the contrasting wood details on the drawers are very nice.

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at

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#13 posted 11-12-2007 08:37 PM

Is that the one with the accidentally reversed tails/pins drawers from the dovetail episode? Looks great now =)

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#14 posted 11-13-2007 04:36 AM

Nice job Mark. I am interested in doing some shutters for a bathroom window. do you have any design tips?, how did you pivot the shutters?

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 11-13-2007 05:47 AM

Ha! Thats the good part about this project. The doors were salvaged from a previously destroyed piece. I basically build the case around the doors. So unfortunately, I have no tips to give.

Good luck with your project though.

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