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Project by bohnsai posted 09-27-2010 02:53 AM 3538 views 20 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I suppose I should start my first post with my best-so-far furniture piece.
It started with finding some cheap gorgeous cherry at a lumber store and I just had to make something with it.
I had been wanting to do something to hide the ugly clothes hamper for some time.

The top is curly cherry with walnut miter keys and curly maple inlay. The sides are curly maple resawed and bookmatched and glued to a MDF substrate. Walnut inlays were glued in and a cedar lining was glued to the other side of the substrate for the inside.

Over all construction is tongue-and-groove with doweled bracing in the back and a plywood back. A 25lb weight is hung in the back to keep it from tipping when opened with a full load of dirty sawdust laden clothes!

Oh and how could I forget the custom walnut handles? I made 42 in all for matching pieces which was a project in itself. I’ll post that later…

Finish is Watco Danish Oil and Polyurethane varnish sanded, polished, and waxed. I spent more time finishing it than I did making it I think.

-- You're not a real wood worker until you've been to the Emergency Room...Twice...in one year...wait a minute, this isn't right.





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kw193

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#1 posted 09-27-2010 02:59 AM

Wow- that is really a nice piece. The attention to detail is superb & the finish looks to be spectacular. Thanks for posting!

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cranesgonewild

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#2 posted 09-27-2010 03:09 AM

This is the nicest clothes hamper I’ve ever seen. Your wood choices are spot on. Very well done.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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1yeldud1

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#3 posted 09-27-2010 04:23 AM

beautifle piece – kind of a neet design !!!!

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sras

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#4 posted 09-27-2010 05:39 AM

Very impressive! Shows a lot of dedication to make that many handles when most would have settled on one. Well worth the effort.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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ND2ELK

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#5 posted 09-27-2010 05:52 AM

Great looking piece. Beautiful job. Good idea putting cedar on the inside. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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twokidsnosleep

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#6 posted 09-27-2010 06:19 AM

This is really nice looking, loving your wood choices and finishing
Gorgeous!

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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lanwater

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#7 posted 09-27-2010 06:59 AM

very nice piece.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#8 posted 09-27-2010 08:41 AM

nice work mate… looks great and hides the laundry mess nicely…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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Rob W

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#9 posted 09-27-2010 01:58 PM

great idea and beautiful job.

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!, http://www.witzkewood.com

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 09-27-2010 02:08 PM

That is a clever design for a hamper storage unit and you did a great job in the making it.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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RexMcKinnon

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#11 posted 09-27-2010 07:18 PM

Nice, I would have never guesed what it’s real purpose was.

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

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bohnsai

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#12 posted 09-28-2010 02:02 AM

Thanks all for the comments! I’ll post a blog later on how I made the handles. I’m sure some are wondering how much work it is, but it surprisingly isn’t too bad, and definitely worth it!

-- You're not a real wood worker until you've been to the Emergency Room...Twice...in one year...wait a minute, this isn't right.

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bohnsai

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#13 posted 09-28-2010 03:35 AM

Blog for the walnut pulls posted!

http://lumberjocks.com/bohnsai/blog/18282

-- You're not a real wood worker until you've been to the Emergency Room...Twice...in one year...wait a minute, this isn't right.

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Flemming

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#14 posted 09-30-2010 05:56 PM

beautiful piece bohnsai! :)

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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