Colonial hanging wall cupboard in solid curly maple.

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Project by Stephen posted 09-07-2010 10:00 PM 5017 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a great learning project. Its now hanging in our dining room. A few firsts for me; raised panel cut on the tablesaw using a technique that runs the panel perpendicular to the blade raising it in increments, my first handcut dovetail drawer, first molding using 3 passes with 2 different bits for the top, first time using hand forged hinges(they are really well made), first time installing a half morise lock and escutcheon. Curly maple was the only wood used, the back shiplap paneling was resawn on a table saw from 4×4 stock. My bandsaw couldnt do it. I had a picture in a book of a cupboard similar to this so I had to make up the basic dimensions and create a cut list from my drawings. There were times when the wavy grain gave me fits trying to match it up, so I appreciate any comments on my attempt. It was a fun project and if I made another one it would be cherry. The finish is a waterbased dye followed by a pigment stain and topped with wipe on poly. One of these days I will learn how to rub out a finish. I appreciate any critiques good and bad.

-- Stephen, West Virginia

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#1 posted 09-07-2010 10:10 PM

Thats a beauty!! love the grain, I can only imagine trying to match it up.
I’ve been photographing a lot of different types of these
and got one of these on my to do list, just having decided on which one.

-- Doug...

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#2 posted 09-07-2010 11:43 PM

You’ve made a beautiful addition to your living room. The color of your finish is first class. I’m working with some tiger maple right now and I hope the color turns out half as good.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 09-07-2010 11:51 PM

A very beautiful project indeed. I really like the finish on the curly maple, it really makes it pop. Nice craftsmanship.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#4 posted 09-08-2010 12:02 AM

I love curly maple and you made it sing in this cabinet.

-- Karen and Bill

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#5 posted 09-08-2010 12:38 AM

Beautiful cabinet and NICE hardware choices : )
You should see if LJ Scotty at Poroskywood has any more Curly Cherry for your next cabinet !
Your cabinet design would look great with it : )
Adding this to my favorites .

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 09-08-2010 01:42 AM

The scale and wood selection are great. The whole thing is awsome.

-- Mike, Cantral Oregon

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#7 posted 09-08-2010 03:05 AM

What a beautiful cupboard! Nice design, beautiful wood, and a great finish. A project worth copying….no, I mean enjoying. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#8 posted 09-08-2010 03:43 AM

I’ve always been a fan of these small hang cabinet, and this one is another swell design and the wood is over the top beautiful. The finish and stain color is spectacular and the hardware just add more and more interest. Well done and as always thank for sharing and posting…BC

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#9 posted 09-08-2010 04:36 AM

WOW! That is a beautiful piece. I’ve benn working a good bit with tiger maple and know what a bear it can be to get smoot. You did a great job, thanks for sharing.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#10 posted 09-08-2010 12:54 PM

Gorgeous piece of work you have there Stephen! Simply beautiful!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#12 posted 09-08-2010 01:33 PM

I think that is a beautiful cabinet and that you have done an excellent job on it. Sounds to me like you learned a lot. Nice work.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 09-08-2010 02:46 PM

Beautiful piece. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#14 posted 09-08-2010 06:28 PM

It’s beautiful.

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#15 posted 09-09-2010 02:29 AM

The comments are inspiring. I love figured wood, but had never attempted a piece with so many small pieces that needed to flow together. Your comments make me feel good and motivates me to do other projects with figured wood. I have looked at some of you guys/gals projects and it feels good to receive positive comments from so many accomplished woodworkers. You all are great motivators. Thanks LJ’rs.

-- Stephen, West Virginia

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