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Entry Closet Project #5: OH, Baby It's Hot!

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 12-29-2007 06:33 AM 2045 reads 1 time favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Exciting Progress..

I am making some great progress on my closet project. I currently have the copper rods in a machine shop where the parts are being fabricated.

The clients and I had talked about changing the lights to better illuminate the fine work that I have produced. While the metal work is being done I decided to go ahead and install the new lights.

WOW!

Man-OH-Man! Does it ever look fantastic!

Here is the closet with the old lights:

Entry closet installed

Here is the closet with the new lighting installed:

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And the side view:

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Handle It!

I bent the handles in a form that I made, marked out the leg locations and delivered them to a shop to have the parts fabricated.

A friend of mine, Jim Eyster, is doing the metal work. He has all the machinery to do such work because he is a gunsmith. In fact, he is one of the top gunsmiths in the nation and is active in helping train the junior olympic competition shooters. His son, Daniel, is running the CNC mill and is quite capable.

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Here are the legs for the handles all ready to go:

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This detail shot demonstrates how the legs fit on the handles:

Legs for handles.

For all the details…

You can see it all step by step in the photo album “Cooper Closet” at this link http://gallery.mac.com/toddclippinger

Peace, Love, and Woodworking

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com



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Jamie

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#1 posted 12-29-2007 06:40 AM

Todd,
I never thought I would be saying ‘WOW.. Look at that closet!’. But apparently the time has come.. That is an amazingly beautiful piece of art. I love the design and the contrasting woods. What did you use, walnut/?

-- Jamie, Kentucky

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 12-29-2007 06:44 AM

The term “closet” really is a bit demeaning to this particular project. The clients call it a work of art so we had to get some gallery style lighting on it.

The burgundy colored section is bamboo veneer. The brighter red is maple pommelle veneer.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Jamie

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#3 posted 12-29-2007 06:46 AM

Todd, please ignore my question in the above post… That’s what I get for not looking through the entire blog.. :)

It’s still beautiful..

-- Jamie, Kentucky

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Karson

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#4 posted 12-29-2007 06:47 AM

Great Job Todd. A fantastic piece of art that covers a closet.

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

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#5 posted 12-29-2007 06:47 AM

Really like the lights and handles. It just keeps getting better.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 12-29-2007 06:48 AM

Todd what type of dye did you use?Transtint?

-- Scott NM,http://www.shangrilawoodworks.com

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 12-29-2007 06:53 AM

Scott, I used Sherwin Williams dye concentrate which is an aniline dye like Transtint. It comes in a quart bottle for about $90 which is cheaper than $15 for 2 oz of Transtint from Woodcraft or Rockler.

Jim Eyster’s Website is under construction but here is the link. I am not sure how much he has done.
http://jimeyster.com/index.htm

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#8 posted 12-29-2007 07:05 AM

Here is a couple shots of the dye product from Sherwin.

Red dye sample

Dye samples

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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scott shangraw

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#9 posted 12-29-2007 07:09 AM

Thanks for the pictures.One of these days I will get brave enough to try dyeing a figured piece of wood.I wonder if the Transtint since it is supposed to be a “metalic dye” if it gives anymore of a “pop”

-- Scott NM,http://www.shangrilawoodworks.com

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#10 posted 12-29-2007 07:13 AM

Scott, I have played with the Transtint dye but I can’t really tell any difference. The biggest difference is each company’s interpretation of red. Black is black. I like the SW red, incredibly vibrant.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#11 posted 12-29-2007 07:18 AM

Hay Todd.
I build all of my closets out of MDF. It would have saved you a bunch of time and money.

That one is awe inspiring! Hurry Home.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#12 posted 12-29-2007 07:24 AM

I did use a good bit of MDF in the doors. I used plywood for the cabinet box because I hate handling MDF. I was able to get birch plywood in a 5’ x 10’ sheet. The ceiling has a 9’ height here. The box weighed a ton. The shelves are not movable so I had to handle it with all the weight.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#13 posted 12-29-2007 09:45 AM

Todd -

Outstanding blog entry! Thanks for all the great details and resources.

It is amazing how much the lighting adds! Absolutely beautiful! The Coopers are very lucky to have you on site!

David

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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#14 posted 12-29-2007 10:38 AM

As you say Todd “WoW”. That is outstanding.

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

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#15 posted 12-29-2007 10:51 AM

Man, oh man, that is fine! You do good work sir.

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