A Small Project for Rita (2 years in the making)

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 09-26-2009 06:41 AM 1457 reads 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yeah, that’s right – 2 years…

I plan on finishing this little cabinet up this weekend and I will post more details. The cabinet is made of black walnut and the drawers are made of curly ambrosia maple. This is a great combination.


I started this project 2 years ago and I am finally going to cross it off the “unfinished projects” list.

Today I got all the little drawers fitted and tomorrow I will cut the corners to add the contrasting keys. Then it will be on to finishing.


I just need to get it done to make the shame go away.

*Peace, Love, & Woodworking”

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 09-26-2009 06:46 AM

She must have as much patience as my bride, only 2 years is very timely in a 40 yr marriage. I see you have the dovetails pinned. What is it? A card file?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 09-26-2009 07:00 AM

Such a great use for that Ambrosia Maple , Todd. The whole project looks excelllent : ) She’ll be happy to say the least !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Douglas Bordner

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#3 posted 09-26-2009 07:09 AM

I am so in the doghouse. My bride gave up on the bathroom vanity re-fit (dreaded trying to fit drawer guides in that old out of square horror), so we are getting a Lowe’s special. I better take a cue and finally finish her recipe box.
That ambrosia maple and walnut is a glorious combination. Can’t wait to see it sing with a finish.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#4 posted 09-26-2009 07:14 AM

Nice, I’m working with the exact same maple, down to the brown tiger stripes with worm holes in it…

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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Todd Thomas

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#5 posted 09-26-2009 12:05 PM

looks great good work…are you charging by the hour on this one!!

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 09-26-2009 01:40 PM

Todd, I think a lot of us can relate to this post. I know I have a mantle that I promised as a Christmas present several years ago (and yes I still hear about it occasionally). So I am sure Rita is well aware that you just can’t rush good craftsmanship. :)

Good idea to get it finished though. If her list is anything like the one my wife keeps you will always have plenty of job security. :)

I am looking forward to seeing a project post on this cabinet.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 09-26-2009 01:54 PM

it’s all relative time ,
and i’m sure ,
your reward

is in the mail !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 09-26-2009 02:44 PM

Nice and easy now.. don’t rush it at the last minute… Story, pics and all are good. Niceand easy now…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#9 posted 09-26-2009 02:54 PM

Todd, don’t worry. I am in the same boat. Got tons of projects in the mill that are not finished. I must get them finished. Hope my wife don’t see this post or I’ll be banned forever from LJ’s.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#10 posted 09-26-2009 02:59 PM

Very nice Todd, I suppose you have to keep telling her the old saying that ”Patience is Virtue.”

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#11 posted 09-26-2009 03:11 PM

Todd a beautiful combination of woods. Just tell Rita that if her projects were always on the top of the list, then there wouldn’t be food on the table.

At least you could say that.

Very nice looking.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Thos. Angle

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#12 posted 09-26-2009 11:22 PM

Yeah, Todd, especially the shame!!! Shore is purdy tho.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#13 posted 09-26-2009 11:55 PM

Remember the story of the cobler….his family never has shoes…..mostly the same for woodworkers….Not to mention…the list of chores for the homestead always seems to grow….even when you knock a few off the list….

Always try not to finish too many though….you never want em to get spoiled….

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#14 posted 09-27-2009 12:24 AM

That is really beautiful! i love the grain running through the front and the contrasting dark wood. That’s an ispiration. Does it hold CD’s?

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#15 posted 09-27-2009 12:46 AM

I just call it a tea box cabinet or spice cabinet.

The drawers are sized to fit a box of tea. However she decides to use it is up to her.

People are captivated by small boxes.

Rita can’t wait until it is done. That means I better head back out to the shop and finish putting the keys in the corners.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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