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One of the earlier projects for my patient wife. This china closet was for the dining room- which was not even started at the time the closet was finished!

It is made from wormy Red Oak. The stained glass door inserts were made by a local craftswoman and match a door in the kitchen cupboards.

The fiasco part- it was built in the basement. I knew it would fit up the stairs, Mimi said it wouldn’t. Notice the horizontal trim band around the middle of the cabinet, it conceals the saw cut that seperates it into two pieces.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.





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Deborah Bond

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#1 posted 03-08-2008 08:38 PM

First I want to say that it looks beautiful!!! Second…. why don’t you guy listen to your wifes? We are not trying to tell you what to do (as in boss you around) just give our prespective. Would have saved you the extra cut if you had just thought about what She said. I’m sure she loves it and you too still. Good job.
God Bless,
Deborah Bond

-- Deborah,Alabama,deborahbond07@aim.com

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lew

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#2 posted 03-08-2008 08:46 PM

(Head hung in shame)- I’ve learned my lesson.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Myron Wooley

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#3 posted 03-08-2008 08:49 PM

That wasn’t a fiasco, just a delayed design change!

-- The days are long and the years are short...

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juniorjock

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#4 posted 03-08-2008 08:54 PM

It may have been some extra work to get it where it needed to go. But it was well worth it. That is one nice piece of furniture Lew. Very good job.

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 03-08-2008 09:39 PM

Hi Lew,

This piece is gorgeous. You did a really nice job on it. The glass adds a nice detail to the piece as well. I have said many times that there are no mistakes in woodworking only opportunities to add details to the project. But unfortunately for you in this case your wife is fully aware of the history of the detail you added. I am sure that you will be reminded of this when a similar situation occurs in the future.

I feel your pain but I love the story behind this piece. I’ve been there, done that and am still hearing about it.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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cajunpen

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#6 posted 03-08-2008 09:46 PM

Outstanding looking china hutch. The design is excellent. The improvising worked out really well – nobody would have ever known – looks like part of the design.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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lew

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#7 posted 03-09-2008 01:00 AM

Thanks everyone for the kind words.

Although it wasn’t my first miscalculation- and for sure won’t be the last- I try to learn and improve with each “redesign”.

Bill- can’t take credit for the entire design. Got the plans from Woodsmith many years ago but did change the glass/hardware/door design match existing kitchen cabinets.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Shawn

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#8 posted 03-09-2008 01:47 AM

Looks great lew, in fact I’ll do you one better, I think it wouldn’t look as nice if you didn’t have to cut it in half. Remember there are no mistakes in woodworking only opportunity’s to improve our craft through creative problem solving

-- Cheers

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HallTree

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#9 posted 03-09-2008 02:01 AM

I love it when mistakes turn out great. Did you really have to tell your wife? only a woodworker would understand this.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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lew

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#10 posted 03-09-2008 02:21 AM

It wasn’t that I exactly had to tell her.

As a suprise, I was going to have it setup when she came home. Well, when she came home it was stuck halfway up the basement stairs.

She helped me get it back into the basement and made me promise not to cut it in half until she was not at home- so she didn’t have to watch.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Zuki

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#11 posted 03-09-2008 03:21 AM

Lew. Your post made me chuckle. Things like that can happen sooooo easy . . . but it is that much more painfull when DW (Dear Wife) was right.

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Scott Bryan

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#12 posted 03-09-2008 04:01 AM

Hi Lew,

I just had to stop by for a second read and check the other comments. This one made my day.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#13 posted 03-09-2008 05:30 AM

You’ve gotta love those basement shops! :o)

Lew, if it helps relief your shame, I got to tell you that I thik this trim band it was really needed to help balance the design and it looks much better this way.

Anyway, I just had my Sunday morning chuckle dose thanks to you, so I’m grateful.

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Jim Boehm

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#14 posted 03-09-2008 05:36 AM

This cabinet looks great. I love the oak you chose. The grain is bold! If she decides to change her mind and wants to get rid of it because it is two pieces send me an email and I will send my wife over to get it off of your hands. :) Again, great job!

-- "Knowledge is King! It is never too late to learn something new." - Jim

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Chris

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#15 posted 03-09-2008 05:36 AM

Great problem solving skills Lew!!! Excellent work as well.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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