The Danada Cabinet

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Project by CJay posted 1484 days ago 3583 views 31 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Designed and built for my friend Danada who wanted a cabinet to keep dvd’s and cd’s. Its named after her, because, like her, its small size give no hint as to the amount of trouble it can cause.

The designs on the doors are taken from her favourite artist (Don Li-Leger) and are burnt it. The door pulls should be familier to any one whose read one of Lois Ventura’s books on bandsaw boxes.

Made from beech, with walnut pulls, and cherry veneer door panals. Finished with Fiddes hard wax oil, which is ment to be for floors , but which gives a warm rich finish.

This cabinet was an exercise in self doubt, with long periods where i didn’t get anything done for fear of making a mistake.

-- Chris Boreham, Oxfordshire, UK - -

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#1 posted 1484 days ago

Beautiful job. You should be proud of your creation.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 1484 days ago

Did you do the wood burning too?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 1484 days ago

Well, guess you don’t have anything to worry about now!

I don’t see any mistakes at all, or you did a fantastic job of covering up or disguising them. ;-)

The woodburning certainly sets this apart and lends a totally different feel to the piece. I also think the handle choice complements the leaves in the artwork nicely.

Great job on a beautiful piece of work!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#4 posted 1484 days ago

very well done. I like the burning very much, looks super good. good job

-- mjhaines

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#5 posted 1484 days ago

nice design, nice job

-- Kate,

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#6 posted 1484 days ago

very nice cabinet… ...I know the feeling of the fear of making a mistake – I usually find myself at that point at time or two in every build.
The burning turned out really nice. I just bought a burner and have yet to use it. (For fear of making a mistake) But I have plenty of practice pieces lined up, so I think its time to plug it in and get to work.

Your friend will have a very nice piece to share with people who visit. Nice work.

-- -Jay Hartman - Morrisville, PA

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#7 posted 1484 days ago

Very nice looking cabinet.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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Les Hastings

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#8 posted 1484 days ago

Awesome looking cabinet Clay! Fantastic job!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#9 posted 1484 days ago

Really nice. I like everything about it. Handles, wooburning, horizontal grain cherry panels…NICE

-- Galootish log blog,

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#10 posted 1484 days ago

That is a great looking cabinet. I really like the wood burnings on it too.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#11 posted 1484 days ago

very nice, love the burnings and the handles.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#12 posted 1483 days ago

wow that is an exercise in perfection, your friend should be grateful to know a craftsman such as yourself. As it appears that you have high regard for her.


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#13 posted 1483 days ago

Nice cabinet overall and the handles look great.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#14 posted 1483 days ago

Beautiful cabinet, how did you do the burning?

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#15 posted 1483 days ago

Very Nice! I really like to simple lines, it allows for the door panels to really pop.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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