Cherry and Walnut burl wall cabinet

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Project by drumpriest posted 05-10-2008 09:28 AM 2041 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a little cabinet to hang on the wall of my back bathroom. The man-bathroom. I’ll eventually need to build a new built-in vanity for that one, so I’ll do it to match. I am letting the finish flash some more before I hang this one. I also have yet to pick a hardware scheme for that room, thus no handles.

It’s cherry ply that has been edge banded with 1/8” solid cherry strips. The doors are made of solid cherry, mortised and tenon’d together, with quarter matched walnut burl veneer panels. First time I’d used commercial burl veneer, and it shows. The stuff is a bit of a pain. I don’t have a great match on the left door panel, but the right is pretty good. I should have used a filler before finishing this stuff, but I don’t really mind it with the variations. No mechanical fasteners but for the hinge screws, all mortise and tenon and glue. It’ll hang off of the French cleat in the back.

One interesting bit is that I made this from scraps from the wine rack project.

The one stile has a big knot that went the whole way through. I was cheap and used the Epoxy that I had on hand to fill it…Bad idea…I should have gone for some 5 minute epoxy. It took 2 weeks to dry enough to work the piece, and it is still a little tacky to the touch.

The hinges are slow close ones from blum, like those a lot, got em on sale at Rockler a couple of months ago for 11$ a pair. The finish is Seal-a-cell and Arm-r-seal.

Let me know what you all think. I’ll put up more pics as I get it installed and hardware mounted, etc… Also once the vanity is done, but that’ll be in a couple of months probably….

All in all a good learning experience. Whole thing cost me about 30$ as mostly it was scraps, and I got to use my new vac-u-press compact 100, which was really fun.

-- Keith Z. Leonard, drums first, wood second....

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#1 posted 05-10-2008 11:24 AM

fantastic job Drum. BTw, there’s no need to point out flaws.. most us us wont see them or dont care..we just appreciate the effort you made and that you posted the results.. looks beautiful.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#2 posted 05-10-2008 12:23 PM

This is a nice cabinet. You did a good job with the construction and wood selection. I really like the appearance of the walnut. Very nice.

We tend to be our own worst critics. I will second FlWoodRat’ comments about pointing out flaws. To be honest with you they will largely go unnoticed, even by seasoned woodworkers. Besides, I have a standing philosophy that there are no mistakes in woodworking only opportunities for adding more details.

Nice job of using “scrap” materials too by the way.

Thanks for the post. I enjoyed seeing this one.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 05-10-2008 12:28 PM

Man if those are the only flaws I don’t see them. Great looking cabinet, like he said, we ain’t looking for flaws in everyones projects, we just want to steal your idea. lol mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 05-10-2008 01:38 PM

I love the mirroring effect done here. Great looking piece.

-- JJohn

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#5 posted 05-10-2008 02:39 PM

Nice burl. Goes great with the cherry.

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#6 posted 05-10-2008 04:35 PM

Nice job! The book matched veneer really goes well with the cherry.

-- Craig, (Where Information meets Inspiration)

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#7 posted 05-10-2008 04:35 PM

beautiful work … eye catching

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 05-10-2008 05:28 PM

Looks very nice to me. I really like the doors.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 05-10-2008 07:41 PM

Very nice job!!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#10 posted 05-10-2008 08:57 PM

Well I think it has too many flaws, the burl is backwards and you have no back on the upper section.
In fact, just set it out on the porch and I will take it off of your hands.

Naw, just kidding. It looks great. Its amazing when we build something we know where to look for the flaws, but just about everybody else will never notice them unless we point them out.

And if you want to talk about flaws, go to a Thomasville, or Broyhill or even Drexel, there are some flaws in that stuff, and they ask a pretty penny for thier pieces.

Enjoy your vacuum press, and the wonderful world of veneering. Thanks for sharing the pics, and we will be watching for the vanity.


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#11 posted 05-11-2008 02:00 AM

Very Nice Drumpriest! You did a great job with the walnut burl veneer.

-- Martin, Kansas

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