Walnut wall cabinet

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Project by milehighwoodworker posted 05-19-2008 02:19 AM 1492 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a relatively straight forward cabinet piece commissioned by my brother (gotta love the family members feeding the obsession). I built it as a project for my Cabinetmaking class and really wanted it to be something beautiful, but something accessible and simple. I used american black walnut on the carcass (hand-cut dovetails), and the double sliding doors are 1/2” birch-ply veneered with a four-way bookmatch of walnut burl, along with ebony handles. The design of this piece was partly inspired by Nakashima’s love of walnut, and by his masterful use of it in his work. It was a joy to build, especially for a family member.

This is my first post on here, hopefully more to come…

-- "A craftsman who is respected nearly always rises to the task, and is happy to do so." -Thos. Moser

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#1 posted 05-19-2008 02:56 AM

Really first-rate piece. great design and construction.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 05-19-2008 03:34 AM

I really like the veneered doors. Very striking.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#3 posted 05-19-2008 04:03 AM

I love the look of walnut, and the burl doors are gorgeous!
the dovetails look fantastic.
nice work, I’ll look forward to your next project posting!

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#4 posted 05-19-2008 04:06 AM

W O W !! This is your first cabinet ???!!!! got to love the Walnut burl and the Ebony handles are a real treat. So is this your shop or in the classroom ? WELCOME TO LJs

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#5 posted 05-19-2008 04:13 AM

The grain matching on the side pavel is very nice

-- Martin, Gatineau, Québec

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#6 posted 05-19-2008 04:53 AM

Great Cabinet. I’m sure that your brother will cherish it all of his life.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 05-19-2008 05:01 AM

Very nice looking cabinet. Those doors are great!

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

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#8 posted 05-19-2008 04:22 PM

thanks for the nice comments guys, i really appreciate it!

Jarrod, i bought the veneer from Certainly Wood. the sheets were approximately 15”x10”, all i had to do was square the sheets and bookmatch them.

-- "A craftsman who is respected nearly always rises to the task, and is happy to do so." -Thos. Moser

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#9 posted 05-19-2008 09:28 PM

Awesome! Beautiful burl, great book matched pair. Well done.

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#10 posted 05-20-2008 01:31 AM

I do hope there are more posts like this coming!! This cabinet is simply gorgeous and I love the veneering.

I am sure that your brother was pleased with this.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#11 posted 05-20-2008 06:56 AM

Great case! Looks like a lot of good work went into this piece! Spectacular figure in the doors!

The install looks great. What’s the back made of and how did you end up hanging it?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#12 posted 05-21-2008 09:25 AM

the back is 1/4” MDF veneered with american black walnut. i just screwed through the back into some hanging strips, pretty simple install.

-- "A craftsman who is respected nearly always rises to the task, and is happy to do so." -Thos. Moser

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