Entry Closet Project #2: Entry Closet Progress

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 2448 days ago 1649 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Making Progress-

I’m moving forward on my project but not fast enough. I am anxious to get home to my wife in Billings and she is anxious to have me home too. For now I am stuck in Ohio for at least another week as far as I can see.

Small Door Up-

I installed the small door on Friday and the clients are just nuts over the finish. I am pretty happy with it myself. Part of the veneer is done in straight red dye and the other part is done with layers of red and black.

The red is laid on first, followed by a light coat of black. Then the black is wiped off with more red dye. This allows the black to fill the pores but intensifies the red so that it comes back out. It is something that I just came up with and it is an amazing effect.

Entry Closet

Big Door Next

So now I am working on the big door and I should get it done this weekend. Right now I am in between coats on the coloring process and then I will start spraying the lacquer.

Here you can see a couple of steps in the coloring process.

First the red dye is applied and wiped in both directions evenly.

Entry Closet

Then the black dye is applied. It is important that it is applied evenly but not as heavy. Then the black will be wiped off with red.

Entry Closet

If you’re hungry for more-

To see more go “Cooper Closet” at this link There are about 210 photos over several pages and you can see the whole project in progress. If you have been following just click on the last page button to get to the last few photos. I am still posting photos everyday.

Peace, Love, and Woodworking

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 2448 days ago

Todd -

Looks great! I have enjoyed your gallery on the Cooper House. Thanks for taking the time for an update. I hope you finish up and have a safe journey home for the holidays!



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#2 posted 2448 days ago

The Cooper House has been an amazing project filled with wonderful and unique ideas and designs. Thanks for sharing it. I hope you get home soon and have a very Merry Christmas with your family and that you have a terrific New Year filled with lots of exciting projects, love and peace.
G Bear

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 2448 days ago

Todd, I looked over the photos last post. It is a very impressive piece of work. I can see that I want to try some veneer work in the future. You are an inspiration.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 2448 days ago

its comeing along nice todd . very interesting finishing job . good luck gettin it done and getting home to your family .

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#5 posted 2448 days ago

Your project is looking great Todd. I am sure you will be home for Christmas at the rate you are going.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 2448 days ago

Looking great Todd, Home you make it home with enough time to unwind before Christmas.

Have some quality time with the wife and dogs.

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

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#7 posted 2448 days ago

Wow! I just watched the 210 slide slideshow. You are a craftsman to be sure. I, too, hope you make it home for the Holiday.

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#8 posted 2447 days ago

Great work Todd. Between the designing, fabrication, installation and the postings you must get all of four hours sleep each night. Don’t burn yourself out my friend. Have a great Christmas at home with your family.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#9 posted 2447 days ago

ditto to the above!
gorgeous colouring you’ve created.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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