Oak Armoire

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Project by tooldad posted 04-29-2008 05:24 AM 1687 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some call this an armoire, Norm calls it a media press. It is made from Oak ply and solid oak. Arched raised panel doors. Full extension ball bearing slides with dovetailed corners. Center divider is removable so it can become a bedroom entertainment center if needed. 2 things I would change if doing it again. 1, I made it 24” deep since I already had 22” slides left over from a previous kitchen which I bought slides by the case, so I would make it 18” deep instead. 2, I would have used cherry instead. Being a shop teacher, I need some cherry furniture. I have about 100BF sitting on my lumber rack waiting to be used for something special. What was I thinking, my wife’s birthday wasn’t special enough. It was actually the rest of the bedroom set I have built earlier in my woodworking career has been oak, so I stayed with that theme. I would have been a good time to change the decor. Anyway, my wife still loves the project and uses it daily.

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#1 posted 04-29-2008 05:36 AM

Very nice but I’m curious as to the hardware or lack of.

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#2 posted 04-29-2008 05:38 AM

cove router bit cuts under each drawer in the center area. With the 270 degree hinges, the handles would bang against the sides of the cabinet and not set flat. Therefore routered handles were the answer.

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#3 posted 04-29-2008 05:50 AM

Beautiful looking piece. You did a very nice job on it. Thank you for posting.

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#4 posted 04-29-2008 11:52 AM

This is a gorgeous armoire. I like the look that the arched panels give to it. The piece has a clean profile without the addition of drawer and door hardware. That is a nice touch.

Nice post.

Thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 04-29-2008 12:22 PM

great job. I love the natural look of oak on it. thanks for the post.

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#6 posted 04-29-2008 01:23 PM

very well done. What an advantage it is to know how to build furniture. Think of the money you saved and how much better it was built then if you bought one of those made in china.

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#7 posted 04-29-2008 01:48 PM

A beautiful piece of craftsmanship, that will last for generations.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 04-29-2008 02:42 PM

Very nice piece!

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#9 posted 04-29-2008 04:32 PM

Looks great …hoping to build myself a nice dresser this summer , although I do need more closet space …I just might incorporate the two…Thanks for the inspiration !

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#10 posted 04-29-2008 05:40 PM

Gorgeous piece of furniture!

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#11 posted 04-29-2008 05:56 PM

Great work!

Thanks for the post


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#12 posted 07-26-2008 03:55 PM

Excellent work.

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