First foray into woodworking

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Project by redwoodjack posted 407 days ago 820 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first major woodworking project. I found the plans for it in a home and garden magazine.

The main purpose for this armoir is purely function, to provide more storage space for my wife and I in our tiny 1 bedroom. It’s made from construction grade lumber to keep the price down, and all joints were made with a pocket hole jig. LOT’S of learns on this project, but I’m happy that it stands and stays in one piece.

I came up with the interior shelves (which weren’t in the original plans) for more organization. Used one coat of a colonial red, then spot sanded to give a more antiqued look. Since no sealer or primer was used, price was kept down, and the antique-ing helps hide many of its flaws (haha).

Any feedback is welcome and I look forward to posting more projects in the future.

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#1 posted 406 days ago

Nice build – you will learn with every project you do, no matter how many you accomplish.

BTW, you might want to change your subject line – I think you meant to say “Foray” and not “Foyer”. ;-)

Thanks for sharing!


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#2 posted 406 days ago

Cleats of some kind (1 1/2” ply is fine) glued and screwed into the sides under the left pair of shelves would add considerable strength there. End nailing into 3/8” ply isn’t a long term investment. :-)

I like the cabinet. Simple, cheap and perfectly effective. Well done, enjoy the journey!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#3 posted 406 days ago

Well done!! Thanks for posting and welcome to LJ’s. Look forward to seeing future projects.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 406 days ago

Nice looking project. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 406 days ago

Good start! That is one crazy looking cat you’ve got there.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#6 posted 406 days ago

Very nice, excellent first project.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 406 days ago

The chest is great, but the Psycho-Cat takes the cake! I also have a gray cat. Mine jumped up on a freshly shellac’d cobbler’s bench this past week and lost many points for doing that. Please tell me that mine isn’t going to start glowing!...

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#8 posted 406 days ago

Thanks for all the feedback everyone. Didn’t expect the flash to do that to the cats eyes, looks like he’s wearing night vision goggles. He hasn’t walked in shellac yet, but loves rolling in the sawdust.

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#9 posted 402 days ago

It looks good, like the stain and finish which gave a nice antique look. I’m sure wife likes it. You’ve earned many cookie points. Well done!

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