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Project by vipond33 posted 03-24-2012 12:01 PM 3704 views 9 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yes, I do make furniture as well as all of the smaller things that I’ve posted. This is a cabinet thought of 33 yrs.ago, started 9 yrs.ago and now done. Sometimes you lose heart, it gets put away and then the habituation of the unfinished project takes over. It no longer even registers.

The main woods are Honduras mahogany, blister figured mahogany and English yew. An off-cut from the yew was fashioned into my smoothing plane. All solids are pattern matched throughout though there was great movement in the yew.
The trim around the panels, the doors and the inlay is Makore. It’s complimentary yet harder and smoother than any mahogany, polishing quite perfectly. Very toxic dust though if you are susceptible.

Construction is frame and panel for the doors and back, with a loose tenon carcase, a doweled stand & with bridle joint doors, their edges veneered over. I’m not a fan of exposed joinery. Discrete, shallow head knock down bolts are machine threaded into the legs for leveling.

The cabinet is quite a bit quieter than the photos would suggest, for lighting is everything with high figure. Sunlight makes the elements glow and shift while low incandescent light gives subtlety and mystery.

I had a little trouble with the colours and yet may change them still, after I wait for its fair time in service. That’s one of the beauties of a non film finish. You can change your mind a bit easier.

Pretty much everything I make is made for a purpose, but not this piece. I have no idea what it will ever hold, for it was made just for itself. It’s like the very pretty girl you once knew in school, who looked around, married young, and then retired.

Tried and True with varnish finish (6 coats), shellac on the door panels. Goddard’s wax & Brusso knife hinges.

55 1/2” x 27 1/2” x 9” (Cabinet 23” high)
About 95 hrs.
Build on LJ’s.


The end grain visible in these two shots was merely polished, not stained.

Commercial brass handles re-created in wood.

Makore inlay and trim.

In the beginning.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#1 posted 03-24-2012 12:12 PM

Real beautiful cabinet out of beautiful wood – excellent workmanship!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 03-24-2012 12:33 PM

Good proportions, the Yew is spectacular and subtly contrasted by the Mahogany. A beautiful piece of furniture, Gene. Well worth the time and effort spent and ,oh, snappy title!

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#3 posted 03-24-2012 12:46 PM

As usual, you set the bar pretty high. Poetry. The piece and the story.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#4 posted 03-24-2012 12:49 PM

Exquisite! I marvel at the refinement reflected in every detail of your work…..that is, all the work you have posted. I’ve never seen better. Thanks for sharing.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#5 posted 03-24-2012 01:27 PM

It is truly a gorgeous piece o art work disguised as furniture. Your close-ups just drew me in and whispered to me, “touch me, rub me!”. It is better than a pretty girl in that it never changes – always true! LOL! :}

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#6 posted 03-24-2012 01:50 PM

Fantastic looking piece. I’ve got a couple around the shop that are aging a little They are about 9 years old and went through one move.

The wood stock is fantastic.

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

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#7 posted 03-24-2012 02:35 PM

beautiful design and finish, you must be really happy you finished it after so long

-- -Thomas -

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#8 posted 03-24-2012 02:35 PM

Beautiful Gene.
It is so clean and simple allowing the natural beauty of the materials to be the stars.
Your talent is obvious here.
Superb !!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#9 posted 03-24-2012 03:08 PM

Wow Gene, this is amazingly beautiful! I love the fine detailed craftsmanship that you have put into this piece and the wood combination is perfect. The design is superb and classic…... I love everything about this, a favorite for me for sure! Well worth the 9 year process….......

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#10 posted 03-24-2012 03:29 PM

That is some really fine work, the piece is just spectacular

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#11 posted 03-24-2012 03:36 PM

That is fantactic work, super. Has ben on on my todo list for a very long time.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#12 posted 03-24-2012 03:37 PM

Very, very nice indeed. Beautiful piece.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#13 posted 03-24-2012 03:51 PM

Thanks for sharing your journey. James Krenov would be smiling!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 03-24-2012 04:26 PM

What a sense of accomplishment you must feel! A beautiful, beautiful piece. Congratulations.


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#15 posted 03-24-2012 04:51 PM

Nicely done…an excellent piece.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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