A Little Cabinetree (finally)

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Project by shipwright posted 1347 days ago 3700 views 37 times favorited 61 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At last “Little Cabinetree” is finished.

This is a mitered 1/2” MDF box, veneered inside and out with no framing and almost no hardware. The hinges are “box joint” style pinned with removable 1/8” brass rods.

The two main features are the tree base and the “watercolor style” aniline dyed marquetry top. You don’t ever see both well at the same time.

As you approach from a distance the interest is the discord between the flowing organic lines of the tree and the rigid hard lines of the box, then as you get closer the tree slips out of view and the focus shifts to the marquetry on top. For those who insist on inspecting all sides there is a little surprise even on the back where one of the leaves wraps over the edge.

As you circle the piece close in you will notice the “waterfall” grain matches from the top to all four sides.

The piece is almost entirely Western Big Leaf Maple except for a few small bits of Walnut used in the marquetry to indicate curling edges. The shapes colors of the leaves are representative of the Western Maple.

There are seventy pieces in the top and each hinge is made up of about forty pieces.

The coloring was done with an experimental “watercolor” style using artists’ brushes and aniline dyes.

The construction was covered in my blog here

Thanks for looking.

All comments and especially critiques are welcome and appreciated.

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

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#1 posted 1347 days ago

wow Shipwright that turned out amazing! I wish I could get a gloss on my projects like you did on that “tree” – great job!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 1347 days ago are the man..This is fantastic, from the construction to the artistry. Once again you amaze me.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#3 posted 1347 days ago

Wow Paul, that is beautiful. I really like the small branch on top that continues into the marquetry.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 1347 days ago

Beautiful Art! Excellent Craftsmanship!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 1347 days ago

Extraordinary. Well done Paul!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 1347 days ago


Definitely one-of-a-kind! Do you have a close-up of the door handles? Incredible craftsmanship and unique design. Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#7 posted 1347 days ago

Simply amazing Paul. I can only marvel at your creativity and ability to execute your ideas. You’re thinking is way outside the box and you exude tremendous talent. Thanks for keeping the rest of us inspired and may I say humble?

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#8 posted 1347 days ago

That is seriously one of the most beautiful things i have ever seen that is not found naturally in nature. For that matter, you even enhanced nature…

-- christine

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#9 posted 1347 days ago

That is one of the neatest pieces of woodworking/art I have seen in a while!

-- Ed

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#10 posted 1347 days ago


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

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#11 posted 1347 days ago

Unique design. Beautifully done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 1347 days ago

Wow Paul,
That is truly fantastic.

I just love all the little points of interest. And the grain matching is just superb. I love it.

Thanks for letting us watch you build it.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 1347 days ago

WOW! That is a stunning piece. The execution of the idea is exceptional. The contrast you were shooting for is definitely there, yet you did a great job balancing the weight of the base with the proportions of the cabinet. It feels well grounded but neither section is unbalanced. I love the finger joints. And the book match on the front. The only critique I can offer is that my eye wants to see a bit more continuation of the expansion of the base through the cabinet. Maybe more “peekaboos” thru the top to continue the tree crown. Just a thought, but exceptional work. You must have a lot of sawdust boogers!:-).

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#14 posted 1347 days ago

Man, this is beautiful and very creative! Not many people can come up with a unique project like that! That’s why I am following you, to see what comes up next!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#15 posted 1347 days ago

A wonderful piece. Truly artistic!

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