Ambrosia Maple Filing Cabinet

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Project by JayG46 posted 06-09-2013 11:47 AM 1974 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project has been in progress for more than a month now, but it is finally completed. It was built for our furnished rental apartment because we didn’t have a place to keep our documents.

It ended up being 32” high, 32” wide and 20” deep. It just barely accommodates hanging legal file folders but my girlfriend, who is an accountant, requested that one of the drawers be modified to fit two rows of letter size folders (one for payables and one for receivables, naturally).

Some of the details include curly bird’s eye maple handles, bloodwood feet and some very interesting knots on the drawer fronts. The knots were somewhat unstable, so I back-filled them with wood filler and mixed some epoxy and walnut dust to apply to the front. I sanded up to 320 and polished with #0000 steel wood for a glassy effect. They turned out looking like evil eyes and the curliness around them looks a bit like wrinkles. It is the part of the piece I’m most pleased with. All of the wood came from the same larger timber so the knots actually echo into the top and sides as well.

It is unstained and finished with CAB acrylic lacquer from Sherwin Williams.

My uncle, who is a hobbyist but makes beautiful furniture was an invaluable resource during this project and helped me out quite a bit on the finer points of the build. Thanks for checking it out.

-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi

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#1 posted 06-09-2013 02:45 PM

Great choice in wood! I like the look very much.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 06-09-2013 05:15 PM

Nice Piece. You and your uncle made a great team. I like the shop.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 06-09-2013 09:26 PM

Great piece. I love ambrosia maple. No two pieces are the same. Thanks for showing.

-- “Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.” Anthony Brandt

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#4 posted 06-10-2013 11:39 PM

Beautiful job mate.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#5 posted 06-13-2013 02:45 PM

It’s pretty, like the knots which added some character to your cabinet. Very nice wood and design, well done!

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