Chinese cabinet

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Project by kiwisharyn posted 11-11-2010 12:18 AM 2484 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Measures 1350mm high, 800mm wide, 520mm deep. I made this cabinet as one of my final class projects last year. The brief was to incorporate an alternate material (in my case steel) and design aspects from the Gothic style or a bridge. I managed to fit all that in and also to play with Chinese cabinet door hinges (pins) that allow the doors to be removed when open, and a hidden compartment.

The steel work was designed by me and made by a local fabricator and cost me a couple hundred including powder coating.

Timber is pine, with Kauri ply panels. This construction kept it quite light.

I’d been itching all year to use the Blaze Red stain and this piece really glows with the depth of colour. A matt lacquer spray topped it off.

This is one piece I’ll keep with me for life. I really love how it came out.

-- ... must be time for a cup of tea and a sit-down

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#1 posted 11-11-2010 12:23 AM


-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#2 posted 11-11-2010 12:31 AM

We don’t see you for more than a year, you don’t call you don’t write and then out of the blue you post this…
WWOOWW… magnifique…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 11-11-2010 12:33 AM

lookg real nice. I generally don’t like metal in furniture, but this one is very elegant and fits very well.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 11-11-2010 12:41 AM

That is one cool looking cabinet. Great job

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#5 posted 11-11-2010 01:33 AM

Nice design, nice colour, fine workmanship and I just love Christchurch. Beautiful cabinet.You have every right to be proud of it.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#6 posted 11-11-2010 02:37 AM

Very nice job.Great color.

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#7 posted 11-11-2010 02:49 AM

absolutely beautiful! I love the design.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#8 posted 11-11-2010 04:12 AM

Great looking cabinet !! Very good design, and well executed !!

Thanks for sharing.

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#9 posted 11-11-2010 05:10 AM

That is one cabinet that would stop people in their tracks and have them stare. It is stunning


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#10 posted 11-11-2010 11:59 AM

wonderful colour, design, combination of materials… .and I love the latch.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 11-11-2010 12:29 PM

I love it! I have always wanted to fit iron into a piece of furniture. Love the red-That baby SHINES!

-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net?

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#12 posted 11-14-2010 08:59 PM

Great work! I love the way the doors give you a peek at the contents of the cabinet. Is there somewhere in Christchurch that offers formal classes in furniture making? Somehow I have not heard of one.

-- Dave, Christchurch NZ

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#13 posted 02-26-2011 09:42 AM

Sorry Dave. There is only Palmerston north and Nelson that offer furniture making courses. Not bad options after you guys experiences. I do hope you are all safe and well.
Sharyn, I must say…this cabinet is fantastic. What it doesn’t show is the mock ups and patient trials you did to get there. Very cool!

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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