Geta Bako

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Geta Bako – Shoe Box

In traditional Japanese homes near the entrance is a cabinet to store shoes. This is a rather large one made to customer specs. The second picture shows the drawer pulls that I was experimenting with by routing an indentation then inserting a pull in a dado. The last picture shows the 3 shelves behind the shoji like doors. The wood is oak and the dimensions are 58”W x 40”H x 16” D.

All comments and criticisms are welcome,

-- Cal Noguchi

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#1 posted 783 days ago

Very nice! Looks great! What white material is in the doors?

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#2 posted 783 days ago

This is a very nicely done shoe storage, and cabinet. I really like how you did the sliding doors, and the drawer pulls. Very clean, very simple, very kool. A nice piece

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#3 posted 783 days ago

I am not usually a fan of red oak, but i love this piece.
great job

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#4 posted 783 days ago

Can’t get enough of the Japanese aesthetic. Great work.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - -

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#5 posted 783 days ago

As always great work ireally like the drawer handles.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 783 days ago

I echo juniors sentiments. I have never been a fan of red oak, but the more I use it and the more projects like this one I see, I am really coming around to it. Amazing work.


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Clint Searl

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#7 posted 783 days ago

wabi sabi

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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#8 posted 783 days ago

that’s a design i would love to have in my room, very elegant. Great work cal!

-- -Thomas -

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#9 posted 783 days ago

I love the drawer handles. I have wanted to make a cabinet with Shoji doors but I have not the time right now. It is a beautiful piece; I would love to see it up close.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#10 posted 783 days ago

That is a beautiful piece. The drawer handle design is very nice. Your experiment was quite successful.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 783 days ago

I want to thank you all for the great feedback.

@ Junior and Joe – I was skeptical about the red oak also, but I’ve come to realize that since I’ve been doing consignment work, you give the customer what they want, not what you think would work. Fortunately, like you said, it worked out pretty good.

@shopmania – The white material is PVC coated washi paper that I imported from Japan. You can order it in the states from, but I have to warn you it’s a little pricey.


-- Cal Noguchi

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#12 posted 782 days ago

great desing!! I love it. it would be a piece , that I would be proud to made it. Maybe some day, your project would be the inspiration for one of my projects. thanks for show it!!

-- Work is my road to knowledge,Curiosity is my fellow traveler. El trabajo es mi camino al conocimiento, la curiosidad es mi compañero de viaje. Héctor

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 782 days ago

Beautiful design.

Masterful construction.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 778 days ago

Taihen Steki Desu!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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