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Project by Todd A. Clippinger posted 02-06-2008 07:32 AM 6293 views 17 times favorited 47 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s Pure Art!

That was the comment the client made when this project was finally installed.

It was a long journey and technically harder than a person would realize (myself included) until you got into it. My brother’s comment at one point was,”You’re neck deep in an alligator brother.”

The doors are hollow core and finished off with maple pommele and bamboo veneer treated with dye colors. The finish is Sherwin Williams pre-cat high build lacquer T77-F57.

The handle is a solid copper rod that I made a jig to bend. This was my first attempt at something like this and it worked out well. The copper is brushed and finished with a Sherwin solvent based acrylic finish.

Bending Handle

The overall dimension is 9’ high x 4’ 6” wide. The doors are 8’ high. The big door is 37” wide and the narrow door is 14” wide. This asymmetrical door pattern adds visual interest but is practical as well. The big door opens to the wall and the small door takes up less space as it opens in the area of the foyer where people tend to stand.

The interior is all black lacquer and has lots of storage.

Closet Open

New lighting was installed in the ceiling to illuminate this piece.

When viewed from the side, it plays off of the big mirror on the wall with the double image.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 02-06-2008 07:37 AM

I don’t get tired of looking at this Todd. I bet they are very happy. Your dedication and follow-through were amazing on this project. Plus you got to try out the hardware.

Great work! It is art.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#2 posted 02-06-2008 07:42 AM

Looks like art to me! Fantastic job Todd.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 02-06-2008 07:47 AM


-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 02-06-2008 08:07 AM

I’ve been following the journey. I’m glad you could finally post it to your “projects” and I bet you are too. It’s beautiful.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#5 posted 02-06-2008 09:11 AM

Todd, this is just as beautiful as it was the first time. I bet you are really happy that you finished it – especially to the customer’s satisfaction. Great workmanship – hope YOU got your right change for it, I know the client got a great piece of functional art.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 02-06-2008 09:15 AM

Man, you have taken this craft to an entirely new level. You are a true artist. great job.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#7 posted 02-06-2008 11:52 AM

I don’t have words enough to describe it. Awe inspiring comes to mind, but falls short. You are an artist as well as a craftsman Todd.

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#8 posted 02-06-2008 01:24 PM

Man I love this closet!

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#9 posted 02-06-2008 01:57 PM

and your photos are art as well.

I was trying to envision the view from the hall—you’d see the two mirrors and then the silver handle …it would basically disappear until you got in front of it and then BAM …. wow..

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Les Hastings

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#10 posted 02-06-2008 02:50 PM

Very nicely done Todd, looks fantastic!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#11 posted 02-06-2008 03:06 PM

Likewise, I never get tired of seeing pics of this, it is amazing. Of all the great accomplishments this ranks up a the top. Great work Todd.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#12 posted 02-06-2008 03:28 PM

Wow, just building that bending jig looks like a bigger task than I would want to take on! Another beautiful project, Todd!

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

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#13 posted 02-06-2008 03:33 PM

Well Todd, a woodworking artist. What more could be said. Well lots really.

Fantastic, cool, inventive

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#14 posted 02-06-2008 03:37 PM

The Cooper’s thought the jig made a good abstract piece.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#15 posted 02-06-2008 03:57 PM

After watching this project and others here, I’m learning the value of quality jigs and templates. The only word for this is beautiful. An example of quality craftsmanship.

-- Working at Woodworking

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