Armoir - Staring at it just didn't get it finished......

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Project by RONFINCH posted 10-02-2011 02:20 AM 1837 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I’ve been trying to step up my projects lately and decided to build an armoir for my son’s bathroom to hold all his towels and things.

My version of Sketchup….of course, the finished product looks a little bit different

Layout took a bit trying to figure out, as usual, with no plans. The actual construction went fairly easy for the shell (cypress ) and the back being birch 1/4” ply. I decided to make my very first raised panel doors and they came out ok, at least I think they did, well, with the exception of having to build another door because I set the top panel in one of the doors horizontally instead of vertically.

The part that just about KILLED me was applying the finish. Staining the project with a Cherry stain over such a large area took it out of me. I wasn’t quite fast enough to get it on without the appearance of the stain over lapping. So, I went to the local Dollar Store and bought a few $1.00 squirt bottles. Although coming out of the bottles fairly thick, I was able to pick up the staining stage and get it on and get it wiped off.

And yes, I did stain the bottom!

I finished the cabinet with Minwax Wipe on Poly…......sure was a lot of wiping. Once again, squirt bottle to the rescue, and it worked great for the poly as it’s a lot thinner than the stain. I figure it took about 7 coats to achieve the desired finish, with light sanding in between coats.

The build was a great learning experience for me, from making the joints in the cabinet, to routing the moulding for the trim.

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#1 posted 10-02-2011 02:36 AM

Nice Armoir!

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#2 posted 10-02-2011 03:04 AM

That’s gorgeous!

It’s a shame you make your son get dressed out in the yard, though. :-)

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

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#3 posted 10-02-2011 03:36 AM

Dang, Charlie! Had me laughing!

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#4 posted 10-02-2011 04:08 AM

Beautiful. I think that it came out really nice.

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

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#5 posted 10-02-2011 04:13 AM

Great design.
The finish really looks good.

-- Anthony

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#6 posted 10-02-2011 04:47 AM


Nice work. Stain looks even and smooth. Beautiful work of which you may be justly proud. Two comments; your ability to use sketchup is admirable. Would you consider conducting on-line classes? Finally, spray bottles? Do you really want to be responsible for hundreds of executives of spray equipment manufacturers throwing themselves from the roofs of their factories in China as the market for their stuff collapses? American ingenuity and can-do spirit shines again! There may yet be a light at the end of the tunnel.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#7 posted 10-02-2011 04:56 AM

Looks great. Very good work; I’m sure it will give many many years of good service and you should always be be proud of your craftsmanship.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#8 posted 10-02-2011 05:10 AM

Greetings from the socialist capital of America – California.
Why do you think they call it the ‘left’ coast?

No kidding that ‘just staring at it won’t get it done’. I read a story about re-building a motorcycle.( down to the bare frame) The writer said that if you go out to the shop every night and do something (doesn’t matteer what) then eventually you will get it done. But if it’s been 3 weeks and you haven’t even gone out to the shop once, then it will never happen. Works for wood projects too, I guess.

Moreno Valley’s local has-been
Servant of the Living God.

-- I may not have a lot of good ideas, but some of them are just incredible.

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#9 posted 10-02-2011 06:01 AM


That’s really a nice looking piece of furniture: design, workmanship, finish. Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#10 posted 10-02-2011 06:44 AM

Nice job on the r/p doors! Whole things looks great.

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#11 posted 10-02-2011 12:39 PM

Beautiful piece of furniture. Thanks for the pics.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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