Petite Curio Cabinet

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Project by Operaman posted 08-11-2010 04:28 PM 3421 views 2 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am happy to say that this cabinet is complete, all except putting finish on the wood. Made of quartersawn Bolivian Rosewood which is as hard, brittle, and stubborn a wood as I have ever worked and proved to be a challenge on all accounts. The door panel is flame yellow birch, the shelves and drawer sides, back, and bottom are curly maple, and the case back is made of Spanish Cedar. This case has some nice, subtle details like all hand planed surfaces (no sand paper of any kind), hand cut and chiseled dental molding, hand raised drawer bottom (see detail photo of bottom drawer) and case back, as well as chamfers of various widths and thicknesses throughout.

Hope you guys enjoy. Comments and critiques always welcome here.

-- Cheers!

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#1 posted 08-11-2010 05:03 PM

Thats really nice I love the front panel …........................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#2 posted 08-11-2010 05:06 PM

Awsome work, I can’t believe there is no finish….....this would be the perfect project for a few coats of wax to keep the natural look going.

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

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#3 posted 08-11-2010 05:06 PM

Very nice work….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 08-11-2010 05:17 PM

Scott, Once again you showed us how good you really are. Awesome work!
Those colors look really good together. Great build!
I can not believe there is ni finish on it!
Keep It up! Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#5 posted 08-11-2010 05:36 PM

Fellas…I think the illusion of finish is given because of the hand planed surface. I was able to take off really thin shavings with a L/N low angle smoother which really made the grain pop. I am just going to put on some thin super blond shellac on the piece to enhance and protect without changing the contrast of the woods too much.

Thanks again for your kind comments.

-- Cheers!

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#6 posted 08-11-2010 06:28 PM

Shaving are amazing and this is proof, just eye popping candy. Great work Scott…BC

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#7 posted 08-11-2010 06:43 PM

Love the book match birch looks great!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 08-11-2010 07:35 PM

I am impressed… job well done… I too love the bookmatched quilted birch…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#9 posted 08-11-2010 07:45 PM

this looks like a wonderful piece, and I really respect you not using sandpaper. A good plane leaves a much nicer surface.

I am really curious about the function of this piece , I don’t see hinges anywhere, so the door is just friction fit and supposed to stay on?, or is this box meant to lay flat? with a spanish cedar back like that, and no framed panel, how do you intend to mount the box to a wall or anything? I love the smell of spanish cedar but it is not strong enough to mount to.
I’m sure you must have reasons.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#10 posted 08-11-2010 07:58 PM

Its a lovely cabinet and the quilting on that Birch is something else. Good project and thanks for posting

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

View Operaman's profile


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#11 posted 08-11-2010 08:24 PM


This is a curio cabinet intended to display special what-knots and trinkets. The door has hidden, mortised hinges, and I am sorry that the pictures don’t reflect that. (I also just realized these pics don’t have the knob pictured either…oops) The Spanish Cedar back sits in a groove cut around the top and both sides. There is an eye attached to the back side center of the top piece, and the cabinet hanges from that single point. Because the case is Bolivian Rosewood and the top is let into the case sides using a very nice fitting sliding dovetail, there is more than enough strength to support the case when it is hanging from the wall. I hope this helps explain the piece a bit better. If you have any more questions feel free to shoot em at me…cheers!

-- Cheers!

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#12 posted 08-11-2010 08:41 PM

Beautiful job, I love the dovetail on the drawer

-- Praise God in all things, especially the bad things because they make the best learning experiences.

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#13 posted 08-11-2010 10:15 PM

Beautiful wood and great craftmanship.

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#14 posted 08-12-2010 01:06 AM

Tinker is a good name for you to put so much hard work into a project, but it certainly paid off, this is marvelous, just gorgeous, you can tell you have done your homework here. You are very adept with hand tools. You my man are a Master Carpenter in my book.

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

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#15 posted 08-12-2010 03:35 AM


-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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