Bird's Eye Maple Bathroom Cabinet

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Project by senomozi posted 01-13-2011 05:16 PM 3055 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The starting point for the design of this commission was the man-made marble top, which has rounded front corners. The customer wished to have a cabinet that would echo this feature. After a few design iterations we settled for the design you see here. The idea to make an arch in the side panels to form the back legs came from pieces built by Michael Fortune. In order to make the rounded front legs stand out a little more I “framed” them with a couple mahogany bead mouldings. The colour contrast also gives a needed break from the grain/colour uniformity of the maple.

Solid maple construction throughout except for the back, which is a 1/4” plywood. The legs have a 3” radius. Frame and panel door and drawer front. Dovetailed drawers riding on center-mount ball-bearing slides. The top is attached to the carcass using silicone adhesive. 23” wide x 15” deep x 32” high. Finished with a couple coats of de-waxed shellac to help pop the figure of the wood followed by two coats of waterborne lacquer.

-- Senomozi - Gatineau, Canada

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#1 posted 01-13-2011 05:45 PM

Great design, beautiful wood, wonderfully executed.

-- She was only a rancher's daughter, but all of the horsemen knew her.

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#2 posted 01-13-2011 06:12 PM

The beauty of this piece fills me with inspiration and feelings of inadequacy. :-)

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

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#3 posted 01-13-2011 06:16 PM

That is very nice. Love the glow in the finish and the mahogany accents are perfect.

-- Childress Woodworks

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#4 posted 01-13-2011 06:32 PM

Great design. I really like the slope bottom on the sides. You also chose the perfect wood combination.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#5 posted 01-13-2011 06:51 PM

Another beautiful piece.

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

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#6 posted 01-13-2011 07:41 PM

Wonderfully designed and executed. I agree that the mahogany strips are a welcome touch.

I have to work with birdseye maple, but would like to incorporate it into a project sometime soon, especially after seeing this piece.

It’s a beauty! (Nice job on the photos too.)

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#7 posted 01-13-2011 08:33 PM

Ohhh now what is not to like about this? Very nice!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 01-13-2011 09:07 PM

Great design I really like how you incorporated the curves on the side panels to add a nice design touch. Really nice job.

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#9 posted 01-13-2011 09:12 PM

Nice bathroom cabinet.

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#10 posted 01-14-2011 04:04 AM

Everything about this piece is first class: design, materials, workmanship, finishing. Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#11 posted 01-14-2011 05:49 AM

Excellent craftsmanship. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 01-14-2011 06:03 AM

Wow. And I really like your photo’s. Did you take those?

I geek out on photo equipment, so those are the kind of pictures that I’ll want to take of some of my projects.

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#13 posted 01-14-2011 02:50 PM

Marty Backe said: ”... And I really like your photo’s. Did you take those? ...”

Yes I take my own photos. A couple years ago I took a one-day workshop where I learned to take pictures of furniture using a home-made setup. In this setup I have 3 home-made light boxes (one on each side + 1 on top), home made reflector panels, a backdrop I bought at a photo studio supply store, a tripod and a cheap camera (Canon SD300).

-- Senomozi - Gatineau, Canada

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#14 posted 01-14-2011 11:05 PM

I love this design, kind of retro look.
Mahogany moulding indeed a gorgeous touch
Take care

-- Back home. Fernando

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#15 posted 01-15-2011 08:19 AM

Thanks for the gear info. I expected to see you rattle off one of the more expensive DSLR’s. Even more impressive.

Thanks for the inspiration.

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