Shoe Cabinet- Tiger Maple and Bubinga

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Project by descolada posted 12-18-2013 02:39 PM 1412 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The panels for this project are all tiger maple with a bubinga frame and bubinga handles. I wanted to build this with as thin a frame as possible and it was very tricky designing and then building the joinery for this. I ended up spending a few weeks in sketch-up before starting to build it.

The finish is a layer of shellac dyed with transtint vintage maple, sanded down and then a few coats of tung oil finish.

It looks great in our entryway but I did make one serious miscalculation: the shoe cabinet is full 3/4 maple and thus turned out to be pretty heavy. I think I’m going to have to remake the handle on the front as my wife is having problems opening it without it slamming shut.

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#1 posted 12-18-2013 03:00 PM

Love your project great choise of stunning timbers finnished off really nice well done looks fantastic.

-- BAZZ, WINDSOR UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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#2 posted 12-18-2013 05:40 PM

Sweet project! great wood choice, design is excellent!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#3 posted 12-18-2013 06:58 PM

Very nice shoe cabinet, beautiful wood and nicely finished….thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#4 posted 12-18-2013 07:28 PM

That’s a gorgeous cabinet. I think I might try making something similar!

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#5 posted 12-19-2013 12:44 AM

Pretty woods and a nice finish : )

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#6 posted 12-20-2013 05:11 PM

Very cool. Like the wood contrast, now I need to build something similar to house my wifes 5000000 pairs of shoes

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#7 posted 12-20-2013 05:17 PM

This is a nice practical piece. It’s very attractive.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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