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Bathroom Cabinet in Wenge and Birdseye Maple

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Project by RS Woodworks posted 485 days ago 1356 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I call this cabinet “Stop yelling at me!”. I’ll bet you can figure out why.

My wife wanted a medicine cabinet for our master ensuite bathroom. This is what I came up with. Made of all solid wenge with shop cut birdseye maple veneer panel in the door. Back panel is plain maple and wenge strips, sitting in a dado. This was the first time using wenge to this extent, and also the first time using knife hinges. The front edge of the door is rounded over and sits 1/4” proud of the cabinet. There are matching 45* bevels on all horizontal pieces.
I had trouble deciding on a fitting pull, but ended up with this stainless steel one that matches the knife hinges. I was gonna make a B.E Maple one, but the wife didn’t want that.
Dimensions are 33” tall, 19” wide, 6” deep. The three interior shelves are on adjustable pins. The finish is gloss polyurethane, should be suitable for a bathroom.

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!





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redSLED

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#1 posted 485 days ago

Exceptionally tasteful and beautifully executed that is.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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GeneR

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#2 posted 485 days ago

Great piece i really love the choice of woods. I have used lots of birdseye amd curly maple but have not had a chance to try the wenge.. Is thereany problems or ddifficulties working with the wenge?

-- Failure is always an option. :-)

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RS Woodworks

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#3 posted 484 days ago

Thanks very much guys.
Gene, wenge is a real bear. It is very splintery and if you do get a splinter it tends to hurt a lot and fester really easily if you don’t get it out. It is nearly impossible to hand plane because it’s so hard. When I was trying, no matter what plane I used, I would get maybe one pass and then the plane would not cut anymore. The wood is so hard that the blade just would ride on top of the wood. Thankfully, it machines well enough and sands quite well. But you do have to mask up as the dust can be very irritating. If your susceptable to allergies or reactions to wood dust (which I am becoming increasingly more lately) then take extra precautions to protect your lungs and skin.
Keep the comments coming guys!

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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Woodbridge

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#4 posted 484 days ago

beautiful cabinet. The birdseye maple panel looks great

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Woodenwizard

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#5 posted 484 days ago

Nicely Done!

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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wooded

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#6 posted 483 days ago

Very good placement of grain patterns. I know that is no accident!............;-J

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo. jdelong264@msn.com

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mbs

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#7 posted 483 days ago

I love the contrast of the woods.

Just starting a project with cherry and wenge. I may rethink the wenge now since several people have said the same thing you’ve said. I haven’t bought it yet. Would you use the wenge again?

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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RS Woodworks

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#8 posted 482 days ago

mbs, Wenge is a beautiful wood. It takes care to work with it but I am not the type of person to avoid using a wood just because of some issues with it. So yes, I would use it again, but people have to be aware of the issues and take care, especially with their health, when using it. I’m just trying to make people aware, not scare any one. Up to you if you decide your not comfortable with the issues wenge can cause, then by all means, avoid it.
Ryan

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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mbs

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#9 posted 482 days ago

I bought the wenge and started the project.

Thanks.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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Robsshop

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#10 posted 481 days ago

Very clean looking design and finished product ! I like the wood choices.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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