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Art deco Tv Armoire with Zeppelin leg with original shop drawing

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Project by Zeppelinator posted 04-17-2012 06:16 AM 1838 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this for an interesting fellow that happens to deal in vintage guitars. (Notice the guitars hanging on my shop wall) He saw my website piece that I have on my home page and wanted a similar yet unique cabinet. We toyed around with some different sides and legs and settled on this “Zeppelin” leg echoing the famous airship. Jaques Ruhlmann did some similar legs with facets on them back in the art deco era. The Ivory is actually translucent acrylic which looks similar to honey onyx. The cabinet doors are Macassar Ebony while the rest is Wenge. It was quite a challenge getting the leg to fit to the flat front and curved side at the same time. I included the original shop drawing as a point of interest as this is what I show the customer in conjunction with finished samples.

The interior drawers were made from Macassar as well. I even made an elliptical center channel speaker to match the look with a Macassar face.

-- Thom, Westport, www.thomscottstudio.com





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#1 posted 04-17-2012 10:42 AM

it’s an eye-poppin’ & wild cabinet. Very interesting. thanks for sharing

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#2 posted 04-17-2012 10:59 AM

Wow! Thats a, well, piece of art. Beautiful woods and finish. Welcome to LJ’s.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 04-17-2012 12:11 PM

Nicely done. Good to see another artist join LJ! Share more!

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#4 posted 04-17-2012 01:00 PM

Really unique look cabinet – very nicely done!

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#5 posted 04-17-2012 02:36 PM

That is amazing!!

I wish a section could be added to the projects that lists the tools used to make the particular project. A newbie like me likes to know what is used in each project to achieve such results. The joints are flawless and how one achieves this in each application would be helpful.

Thanks

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nick85

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#6 posted 04-17-2012 03:12 PM

Very smooth looking, I’m a huge fan of 20’s through 50s furniture.

How did you get the legs to fit? Did you cut the notches while the stock was still square and then turn them, or afterwards when they were round?

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#7 posted 04-17-2012 03:29 PM

Beautiful piece of work !

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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Zeppelinator

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#8 posted 04-17-2012 03:49 PM

What I did on the legs was draw the pattern on them while they were square prior to turning. I then drilled small holes following the lines and correct depth. Turned the legs and then plunge cut with a fein to remove the bulk of it followed by repeated fittings and adjustments with a disc sander and scraper.

-- Thom, Westport, www.thomscottstudio.com

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#9 posted 04-17-2012 05:41 PM

That whole piece is amazing. I especially love the doors. I shudder to think how much that wood cost.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#10 posted 04-17-2012 08:22 PM

Jaw dropping quality of workmanship and the design is “off the wall”

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 04-17-2012 08:28 PM

Excellent design and workmanship.

Lee

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#12 posted 04-17-2012 09:50 PM

Wow that is scary good

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Zeppelinator

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#13 posted 04-18-2012 01:28 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments. Such a great community.

As for the guy that was wondering what tools were used. Most of this piece is veneered. I sandwich the veneers between tempered hardboard and straightline rip them on my sliding table saw. You can achieve a similarly perfect seam by clamping a straight board to the veneer and climb cut it with a spiral flush cut bit. I use Tesa tape to bring the seams together. It is sold by Uline as a strapping tape. It has a little stretch to it and pulls off clean after gluing. I use Gorilla glue for all my work. A layer of wax paper between the veneer and caul and in the vacuum bag it goes. I leave it for 3 to 4 hours, take it out and sand it. I use a Festool Rotex for sanding as it is aggressive and vacuums the dust as I go.

-- Thom, Westport, www.thomscottstudio.com

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#14 posted 04-18-2012 03:11 AM

I really like your style of making things, like they say looking out of the box…

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#15 posted 04-18-2012 06:55 AM

stunning just stunning

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