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Project by aussiedave posted 323 days ago 890 views 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi fellow LJ’s this project is two small doll display cabinets made with Jarrah, a local hard redwood that grows in South West of Western Australia. A beautiful wood to work with. I have purposely left the front sheet of glass out for the photos, as I was getting all sorts of reflections from things behind the camera – including me. The client supplied the plans of what he wanted, which I used as a guide only, and I did the joinery using epoxy glue. The taller cabinet has a doll that is seated hence the basic chair or throne inside. In the smaller cabinet, the doll is standing and has a base with a circular recess in it which will fit over the thin disk on the cabinet’s base. The second pic shows the basic joinery with the two bases and respective backs and just one set of left and right side panels. Third pic is a dry fit before doing the round over of the bases and the final sanding. I did not like seeing the two sheets of glass sitting on top of each other showing the end of the top sliding glass, so I created a cut-out in the top corner of the sides and made a strip pull the full width of the glass in both cabinets to just slide snugly into place when closed. Pic four is the glue up of the main components of the cabinets. Pic five shows the seat glued in place and the other cabinet side-on, showing the top glass slid out a little showing the pull side-on. I glued them to the glass with epoxy. Last pic shows everything in place except for the front sheet of glass, which was slid in and glued as soon as the picture was taken. The finish is six coats of Minwax wipe-on poly, satin finish. Hope you all enjoyed this project and thanks for looking.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....





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gwolfe1977

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#1 posted 323 days ago

Beautiful work Dave! Your client should be very pleased. I really like the grain and color of the wood. Thanks for sharing.

-- Gary,Nebraska

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 323 days ago

WOW…........Beautiful cabinets and great finishing job on them .Way to go, Dave!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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HillbillyShooter

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#3 posted 323 days ago

Very nicely done—quite attractive! My mother would have loved these as she was a big doll collector.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Carbide

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#4 posted 323 days ago

Great job. Nice joinery. Good idea on the strip of wood glued to the glass.

-- When it feels like a job, it isn't a hobby anymore.

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TheTalkingGrape

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#5 posted 323 days ago

Hey Dave I live in Sydney and I use Jarrah all the time (NOT) I need help using it, its to hard to work with for me (I only got crappy hand tools and a scroll saw :D) On the other hand, cool doll cases one day I wish to be given orders to make stuff for people. My favourite part of the cases are the sliding lid thingys they look cool I may make something like this (Not jarrah) for my rock collection to showcase them. Cool inspiration for me!! Thanks for posting and great work.

-- Tim, Sydney Australia, http://www.youtube.com/user/TheTalkingGrape?feature=watch, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tims-Wooden-Wonders/1433591433543077?ref=hl

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doubleDD

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#6 posted 323 days ago

Beautiful job Dave. Very well thought out and a great satin finish. The sliding lids are a good idea. What are the approx dimensions?

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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JR_Dog

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#7 posted 323 days ago

Dave; those are beautiful!

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BENTWOOD

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#8 posted 323 days ago

Very lovely project Dave. The end result is beautiful and your description of the process is very thorough. I sense another LJ perfectionist. Heehee.
My mom is a doll collector and reserves a full bedroom in her home just for her collection. We call it the ”room with a thousand eyes” and none of the grand kids will sleep in the room alone…ever! LOL
Anyway, I had to send her this project and she was extremely impressed, and she is very picky so well done!
I wasn’t familiar with Jarrah and the many related species of Eucalyptus. I make it a point to learn one new thing a day and you helped me meet quota all before 9:00 am. :)

-- http://www.bentwoodjewelrydesigns.com

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Lenny

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#9 posted 323 days ago

These are beautiful Dave. They joinery displays wonderful craftsmanship. Jarrah is a beautiful wood. I love the deep red tone. Great job!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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Blackie_

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#10 posted 323 days ago

Dave, those two look great, those dolls will be proud.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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aussiedave

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#11 posted 323 days ago

Thanks Gary, Jim, John C. and carbide I appreciate your kind words. I am humbled by every ones comments here today as I am in awe of the quality of work you all produce.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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aussiedave

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#12 posted 323 days ago

Tim, yes Jarrah can be hard to work specially with limited equipment…thanks for your comments and I hopoe you get that wish as get commissioned to do a project, I am sure you will.
Both bases are 9 7/8” square and 1 3/16”thick. The tall cabinet is 17” high x 7 7/8” square. the smaller cabinet is
14 1/4”high x 7 7/8”square.

DoubleDD Dave,...After I posted this project I made comment to my wife some one is going to ask for the dimensions because I forgot to include them so you did not disappoint me Dave…LOL I have converted the measurements to as closest fraction in inches.

JR Dog Dave, thanks mate, glad you like them…

Shannon, Thank you so much for your comments and likes, knowing your quality of work it mean a lot to me. Man I would not sleep in that bedroom alone either let alone as a child….LOL. So glad your mother liked the display cabinets. Also glad I could contribute to your learning one new thing a day. Thanks again.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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aussiedave

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#13 posted 323 days ago

Lenny, Thanks very much for your compliments, much appreciated.

Randy,..Thanks mate, glad you like them.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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littlecope

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#14 posted 322 days ago

Great Job on a couple of fine pieces Dave!
They will make fine homes to keep the dolls safe and protected,
your customer should be very happy with them!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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degoose

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#15 posted 322 days ago

I love Jarrah … have a good supplier at the right price…Great choice for the case… screams quality…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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