Curved Jewelry Cabinet

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Project by Terry Ferguson posted 03-03-2011 01:24 AM 1742 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started out with a badly warped piece of plywood left over from a remodel. I decided to use it as is after failing to straighten it out.The ply formed the top bottom and both sides. The I made the door to fit the curves.
The exterior and the door panels are white washed and varnished, the door frame is orange acrylic wash and varnished. Inside the two drawers are yellow and light orange acrylic wash and all is clear finished. The felt on the back wall and drawer bottoms is brown.This cabinet is wall hung on aluminum reverse hangers. This is going to be a gift to a close friend.

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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#1 posted 03-03-2011 01:44 AM

What a clever idea. Very interesting thanks!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 03-03-2011 01:53 AM


I for one am really glad you figured out how to post pictures and have shown us all these projects. Some of them are just great! I think the buffet is my favorite (so far). When I saw the linen closet doors, I thought, “This guy must be an architect.” Sure enough.

What’s this “acrylic wash” that you use a lot? Can you describe the process, or provide a link that tells about it?


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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#3 posted 03-03-2011 02:16 AM

Russ – I started buying a waterbased product called “Pickling Stain and White Wash”. I soon found out that pickling refers to a white stain primarily on oak ( and could be oil or lacquer based) and that all the white wash is is a waterbased white paint that is thinned with water. I use acrylics that I buy at a craft store and thin them with water to do small color staining and I use interior latex (acrylic) wall paint thinned with water for larger projects. The tricks are: adding the right amount of water (50% or more) and the wipe time after applying. You need to do some tests to get what you desire. If you don’t wipe quickly enough the water based product will start to dry – then it’s more rubbing with a damp cloth so that the grain will show. I use this process because I like the look and I can control the overall color when using different colored woods. I think that there would be more control by using a oil based paint thinned with paint thinner, but I don’t like the slow drying time and the smell. Sometimes, I will use a gray wash to imitate the “Country Cottage” look that is common on European antiques. I you need more info, let me know.

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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#4 posted 03-03-2011 03:02 AM

Thanks, Terry. Wall paint + water + wipe. Sounds easy enough to try.


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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#5 posted 03-03-2011 03:15 AM

very spiffy

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 04-05-2011 06:40 PM

I love the Zen of using the board as is. The result is so much more than if it had been a nice flat piece of ply.

No wonder pallets get up and walk into your yard.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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