Mini Cabinet for my Mother

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Project by grained posted 07-09-2012 05:42 AM 2224 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 07-09-2012 06:59 AM

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 07-09-2012 07:49 AM

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

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic.... :)

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#3 posted 07-09-2012 12:27 PM

Well done, very nice!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 07-09-2012 02:41 PM

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

-- Brian Timmons -

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#5 posted 07-09-2012 03:10 PM

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.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 07-09-2012 03:16 PM

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 07-09-2012 05:20 PM

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 07-09-2012 09:32 PM

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 07-09-2012 09:40 PM

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 07-10-2012 01:22 AM

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 07-10-2012 01:37 AM

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 07-10-2012 05:00 AM

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 07-10-2012 11:52 AM

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 01-07-2014 02:43 PM

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

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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