Mini Sideboard

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Project by Waldschrat posted 01-05-2011 10:29 PM 2844 views 9 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mini Sideboard
This is a small project I made a while ago and I have wanted to post it for sometime (among others yet to be posted)
It is a “Mini Sideboard” that my wife needed next to our bed, to put stuff on or in. The Corpus is made out of European Cherry wood and the sliding doors are made out of American Walnut with paper panels in the middle to save weight and space.

The Dovetails are hand cut, and the paper panels are removeable or replaceable should they break.

It is hung up using a mortised in hardware requiring just two screws in the wall.

I Must say it is one of the most usefull thing that I have made yet for our home.

PS… the last picture is of a small piece of American Chery held up to the European cherry on the right. This is just for the Curious who would like to see the difference. The Ami. Cherry has more of a pinkish tone to it before its exposed to light (freshly sanded) and the Euro. Cherry is more Reddish brown which mellows out to a warm red with time and UV exposure, where the Ami Cherry becomes a beautiful reddish brown with time. The Euro Cherry is finer grained the American Cherry as well, and I think they are about the same hardness.

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#1 posted 01-05-2011 10:48 PM

Wow those are very clean dovetails! I am just learning to hand cut my own right now but I think I need a lot of practice before I get this good. I’ve been trying to think of a good hardwood to practice on, maybe I will try cherry.

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#2 posted 01-05-2011 10:53 PM

yeah, took the one word i was going to use….very clean work…very neat…the work of an expert….and happy new year to you….

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#3 posted 01-05-2011 10:54 PM

Nice piece, those dovetails are insane! Great job.

-- Blair

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#4 posted 01-05-2011 11:30 PM

Ah yes…. as others have said, those dovetails are truly a thing of beauty!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 01-05-2011 11:31 PM

hey Nicholas great to see you posting again :-)
and Happy New-year

beautyfull dovetail work

take care

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#6 posted 01-05-2011 11:33 PM

Very nice! I love the proportions and the very clean miters on the front. Well done!

Garmisch ist ja auch ein netter Winkel in Deutschland…

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#7 posted 01-05-2011 11:51 PM

love the dovetails that you did on this piece…but why not use miters instead?(just kidding)

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#8 posted 01-06-2011 12:29 AM

Nice work, Waldschrat. Curious why you chose to not put a back on it – or did you?

-- Steve, Cincinnati, Ohio

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#10 posted 01-06-2011 01:19 AM

really nice work and neat dovetails Nicholas!

-- Learning one thing at a time

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#11 posted 01-06-2011 03:03 AM

That is very nice.
It doesn’t look finished in the pictures. Is it?
what finish did you put on it?


-- Childress Woodworks

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#12 posted 01-06-2011 03:09 AM

Nice work!

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#13 posted 01-06-2011 03:48 AM

Diese Schwalbenschwanzverbindungen sind eine Übung in Perfektion. Ausgezeichnete Arbeit! Du bist ein sehr guter Schreiner.

Those dovetail joints are and exercise in perfection. Excellent work! You are a very good woodworker.

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

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#14 posted 01-06-2011 04:00 AM

Good to see you posting again! Excellent work as always. I assume you cut the dovetails by hand?

-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts

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#15 posted 01-06-2011 06:58 AM

WOW! Those have got to be the prettiest dovetails I’ve ever seen! Love the sideboard too! In the favorites to be copied!

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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