Mini Cabinet for my Mother

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Project by grained posted 749 days ago 1607 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Its been a while since I posted.

I made this for my mother over the last couple weeks. Materials are Walnut top (and one drawer) Maple (bulk of the project and the drawers), Cherry (for the drawers to slide on and legs) and then a strip of purpleheart to even things out.

I made this using my limited tools we have. A scrollsaw, an angle grinder, wide belt sander, and a miter saw. No drawn out blueprints. I had them all in my head and didn’t draw them out. Much of this was cast off scraps from my student teaching days. I have an eye for pretty wood grain and collected it.

Mom a pretty happy. This piece has two hidden compartments and an open area under the walnut hinged lid. I did leave some things unfinished for her to do such as drawer pulls and felting.

I really need a table saw.

The lid was carved out with a combination of an angle grinder, hand carving tools, and my dremel. Finish is maloof and I took the time to raise the grain and resand.

My oldest minion is the one photobombing.

-- ~too many hobbies, not enough free time.

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#1 posted 749 days ago

Table saws are indispensable. I like the carved top and the grain in that walnut is really beautiful. Having so many kinds of wood is a little jarring to my eye, but the basic design elements are interesting. The handles are a pleasing touch. Keep boxing and keep posting. Hope the bandage supply is holding up.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 749 days ago

Cool cabinet. Like the lid and wood combos. Keep posting!! :)

-- If a woodchuck could chuck wood, he's probably not a Lumberjock --

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#3 posted 748 days ago

Well done, very nice!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 748 days ago

That’s a lovely piece. The curves really make this one.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - -

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#5 posted 748 days ago

Really nice piece. I am sure your mother will love it.

You kinda started this posting like a confession ;-)

By the way, bandages are a way of life in my shop.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#6 posted 748 days ago

Absolutely beautifull. The design and the execution. Really unique piece!

Thanks for sharing.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#7 posted 748 days ago

If this is “Professional clutz” as described in your Bio I want to be one. The cabinet and top are awesome. I love the subtle curves, carving and shaping. Are the pieces below the drawers the pulls for the drawers? Beautiful work, hope you signed and dated it for Mom…. Don

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#8 posted 748 days ago

Very nice work. You have a great sense of design and imagination.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#9 posted 748 days ago

My mom still needs to pick out the drawer pulls. The cherry curves under each drawer are for decoration and to hold each drawer.

She did really like the piece. The walnut top has the same grain as a large leaf I cared for her last year. (She uses it to hold rocks and rings) What he really got a kick out of was the hidden compartment behind the top two drawers and the second hidden compartment underneath the bottom drawer. Its big enough for a will to be stashed in or other important papers. The main hidden compartment could fit a number of ring boxes or a necklace box or two.

Next project is a couple bird feeders and a tall stand/box for myself…though there is my Krenov to still finish off.

-- ~too many hobbies, not enough free time.

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#10 posted 748 days ago

I for one would love to see some more pictures. Maybe with drawers and lid open. Really nice piece!!

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#11 posted 748 days ago

You did a remarkable job on that. I have a lot more toys than you listed and I couldn’t begin to duplicate that. The design is very unique and I love the carving/sculpting on the top. If I had your talent, I think I would have sculpted the entire chest. You definately hit a home run here.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 748 days ago

That’s beautiful! Especially with the tools at hand that’s very impressive. Thanks for sharing!

-- Woodworking for the hobbyist woodworker.

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#13 posted 747 days ago

That is a very nice design, well done! The walnut carved top, with a great grain pattern, great shaping and the carved curls looks superb. I like how you have shaped the cherry curves, each curve slightly forward of the next It reminds me of a wave moving. There’s lots to see in this piece. Thanks!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#14 posted 201 days ago

This is really a fantastic project. Like all the details and the wood combos as well.

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

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