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Project by Roz posted 10-14-2011 09:17 PM 2196 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A year or more ago I received an issue of American Woodworker filled with projects and information.

One article covered construction of a Computer Armoire.

My wife saw it and it was all over. She was living with this,

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn320/ohsweethome/Computer%20Armoire/IMG_0933.jpg

and wanted a cabinet. I recently got around to building her one for her up coming birthday.

My project follows the originally plan relatively closely. However, I used rough sawn 1X6 Red Oak left from a fence building project a few years ago instead of Burch plywood and Poplar for the case construction. The first thing I had to do was plane a large stack of lumber. I think I planed for days.

To create the side panels I used a tongue and Grove, V grove joint. This joint helped to straighten the lumber and gave the sides a nice detail that hides small joint imperfections. I added two inches to the projects depth and added a back panel held off by two inch blocks that provide room for cables and wire runs.

The top Cove molding was created on the table saw by running the material across the saw blade at a 45 degree angle.
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn320/ohsweethome/Computer%20Armoire/IMG_0943.jpg

The Doors are inset with the lower set hung on non mortise hinges and the upper doors on tracks allowing them to be slid inside out of the way. I changed the raised panel design to a cove cut to complement the coved molding at the top.

Drawers and keyboard tray are on roller bearing slides made in USA by KV. The keyboard tray drawer slides have hold out, soft close and hold in features built-in.
The interior is a slide in unit is ¾ inch Birch Plywood with one adjustable shelf and the pull out tray for the keyboard. I used ¼ inch Rabbet joints in its construction.

With this project I tried to replicate an old country Shaker painted piece, keeping the details simple. The feet are simply cut directly from the side panels and face frame. I like the look.

The finish is water based satin red by Pittsburg Paints called Spice Berry, I think. Then I rubbed the entire thing with an oil based jell stain called in a Special Walnut color.

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn320/ohsweethome/Computer%20Armoire/IMG_0950.jpg

This image demonstrates the result of staining over the paint. The staining darkened the finish slightly but brought out all the pieces details, and accented the course grain of the Red Oak. It gave the piece an aged look.

After ample drying time I applied 3 coats of clear water based Poly Urethane for a top coat to make it all last. The inside of the unit is stained in Colonial Maple oil stain. I am very pleased with the result. However, this thing is heavy. I believe if I ever build another I will make it as two stackable sections.

Thanks for looking!

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





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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 10-14-2011 09:22 PM

Excellent job, Roz! This should buy you a lot of good will with the boss.

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

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Roz

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#2 posted 10-14-2011 09:45 PM

Hey Charlie, I can use it. I am about to buy a Gibson Guitar and she is not liking the price.

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

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peteg

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#3 posted 10-14-2011 11:02 PM

I can see why you’re in the good book Terry, that is a very nice & professional looking unit, love that rich colour, well done Mate:))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#4 posted 10-15-2011 01:13 AM

Beautiful Armoire, Roz.

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grizzman

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#5 posted 10-15-2011 02:35 AM

i dont think ive heard of that tool roz…a gibson…......does it come with really sharp blades, or turn at a really fast rpm…i dont know..probably for the money your going to spend here…a new planer would sound better…i know lets have a sing along, ill play the planer and you play the gibson…see what we turn out…lol…....you might want to build a really large dog house before you take the dive on the gibson…oh yea…make sure it has an ac…summers get kinda hot outside…......but back to the project, its fantastic…great job on it, i think being able to close up the computer so you dont see it is a good thing, im pretty use to leaving things natural, so you kina threw me off with the stain..but i like it, color is good…....good job here…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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CharlieM1958

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#6 posted 10-15-2011 04:21 AM

Funny you should mention that, Roz. I was just looking at guitars today online, wondering how much trouble I’d be in if I bought one. Maybe I need to build her something first. ;-)

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

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Bob Kollman

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#7 posted 10-15-2011 07:57 AM

Excellent build Roz, nothing like keeping the better half happy!!!!

My wife would really like one like that so please post a little project so

if I happen on your home page (and my wife is around) she dosen’t see it….:)

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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Roz

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#8 posted 10-15-2011 01:55 PM

Hey Grizz, You hit on a hot topic around here. I have to buy a replacement planer real soon. I am looking at a 20 inch. I have a lot of rough sawn lumber and my little 13 inch planer is overworked. This project really gave it a test.

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

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Roz

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#9 posted 10-15-2011 02:07 PM

I’m on it Bob.

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

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 10-15-2011 03:41 PM

Roz, that armoire is beautiful and what a really nice job you’ve done on it.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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itsmic

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#11 posted 10-15-2011 05:03 PM

Pro all the way, beautiful and well made, You just can’t buy something made that well, unless of course it is purchaced from a fine woodworker like Yourself, great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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Roz

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#12 posted 10-16-2011 01:48 AM

Thank you Fella’s, your very kind. Funny thing, I was thinking of starting a blog complaining of my inability to avoid simple mistakes.

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

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#13 posted 10-16-2011 05:06 AM

Hi Terry, that is an awesome cabinet. She must be in heaven comparing with her previous desk.

Between us Terry, how are you going to spend all those points earned with the Boss?

-- Back home. Fernando

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kiefer

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#14 posted 10-16-2011 04:14 PM

You are the man ROZ
Great job and one happy wife .
Keep it up and you will be as close to heaven as you can get in this world

Kiefer

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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Roz

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#15 posted 10-16-2011 04:26 PM

Thank you one and all.

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

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