Mother's Day gift for my wife.

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Project by Shawn K. posted 05-18-2012 03:27 AM 2056 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this about three weeks ago, working when I’d have a chance between day job, house projects, and other tasks.

It is made of Ambrosia maple, with pegboard painted with a hammered copper rattle-can paint. Its 24” by 36” and about 6.5” deep.

The little tray on the bottom is more ambrosia maple and grenadillo.

A few months ago I’d converted my “Office/computer room” into a sewing room for my wife. She has gotten back into that hobby now that our daughter is older, and doesn’t require as much entertaining as she once did. I was happy to give up the space to give her a sanctuary for some joy. Part of the deal was, she’d let me build her things that she needed for the room. This was listed in her, “Nice to have” column. She was hoping for a simple frame with some peg board in it to hang her things like scissors, rotary cutters and the like from.

The cabinet will hang from a french cleat on the wall of her sewing room.

THis project was another major step for me. The lumber started rough, and I milled it to size. This was a good trick, using a router table to joint the edge, and the planer to take it down to 3/4 from 4/4. It was a very satisfying process, and the tools worked wonderfully. The price difference between rough sawn and dimensioned lumber is night and day, a jointer is now sitting in my garage, just awaiting knives and a tune up.

The other firsts were stub tenons for the door, and tongue and groove joinery for the carcase. It was square, the maple is stable and I was very happy with the end result.

Any comments are welcome.

-- -- Never entrust power to those who desire it.

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#1 posted 05-18-2012 02:14 PM

The joinery I appreciate most is the combination of beauty and function. Very nice. Delivering more than you promise is a nice move with the bride as well.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#2 posted 05-19-2012 02:35 AM

“Nice to have” indeed. There is some very pretty wood here done up in a fine style and quality of construction. A pleasure to look at and I’m sure to use.

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

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