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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 02-13-2009 04:54 AM 1369 reads 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today I posted the complete unabridged version of progress photos documenting the construction of the Cooper Closet over at my Flickr account.

This album has over 300 photos. There was an extensive amount of veneer work done and I had to make a platen to facilitate construction of the doors. This platen slides inside the vacuum bag so that the doors are pressed against it instead of the bag and door assembly sitting on top of the table or platen.

In the future I plan to create a narrated slideshow or video to talk about the construction of this project and share some of the challenges, it was a more difficult project than one would think as you look at it.

For now you can check out the full set of construction photos at your leisure. There is much information to be gleaned from the photos themselves.


Share the Love~Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 02-13-2009 04:58 AM

Todd I got notified when you posted the pictures. i got about half way through them. A great job.

-- 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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#2 posted 02-13-2009 05:02 AM

I did previously post a few of them, but this is the whole shebang. I think that there is so much information to be had in the photos.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 02-13-2009 01:19 PM

it was a more difficult project than one would think …” I’m not sure that’s true because, based on my skill level, if it were more difficult than what I think it would be impossible.

Todd, I’ve seen a lot of the photos and each time I come away awed and inspired. A narrated slide show would be an excellent educational tool and I’d be more than willing to purchase a DVD of something like that.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#4 posted 02-13-2009 01:58 PM

Todd, excellent work! I enjoyed the slideshow. An audio commentary accompanying it would have been great.
It’s nice to find a customer who wants artistic construction and is willing to pay for it.
Your shop is great too!

-- Ron,R.A.Shepard Woodworking,Massachusetts

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#5 posted 02-13-2009 02:42 PM

Hi Todd;

Wow! After looking at those photo’s, I was so tired, I went back to bed. And it was only 7:00 A.M.!

I was a nervous wreck through the whole process. LOL I hope you do get around to writing a blog on the steps taken, but it might be like reliving a nightmare.

It just looked like a lot of work. Trying to explain to most clients the steps involved in such a masterpiece, and it is indeed a masterpiece, to help them understand why the price is what it is, would probably lead to yeah, but why is the price so high? If the clients were able to see the time, knowledge, sweat, fear, engineering, and the piece of you that goes into such a project, we all might start getting more than the occasion tip!

Todd, your work is inspiring and masterful! I just hope the client is worthy of it, and understands what exactly they have there.

Still awestruck;


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 02-13-2009 08:05 PM

I was very fortunate to have such great clients. They really appreciate the final project as well as the labor that went into it. But they would not have understood it without the full documentation.

They were taken back a bit by the cost at first, but it did not take very long for them to realize that this was no simple project and there was so much involved in creating it. They enjoyed following the progress of their project online.

I would like to do a narration or documentary style video rather than a text blog on this project. It was quite a journey to get it done. It was no less technical than the big entertainment center that I did for them.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 02-13-2009 08:16 PM

I built this project in my brother’s shop in Ohio. This is not my shop.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#8 posted 02-16-2009 11:07 PM

Thanks for the trip down memory lane. It seem like a long time ago you we’re here working in my shop. Enjoyed the conversation over a Saturday morning mocha. Working late and heading out for wing night just to down load all the troubles of the world.
C Clippinger

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#9 posted 02-17-2009 05:45 PM


Very nice work my Friend… Althou I can’t see something like that in my House, That is a very nice and Great Piece of work..

i’m more of a Country type setting kinda Guy… Straight Cuts, Simple Country type Cupboards and the like…

but I really like this one, You really Nailed it perfect on the Hingest and all, loved the pictures.


-- Jimmy "Handi" Warner,,, Twitter: @Handisworkshop, @HandisCreations

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#10 posted 02-21-2009 08:01 PM

I love your work, & artistic talent.

Those people are very fortunate to have someone like you doing this.

This home will be a standout for years to come.

This will be compared along with Frank Loyd Wright, & Greene & Greene in the future.

-- -** 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 03-10-2009 03:27 AM

WOW Todd. I just watched the whole slide show in one sitting. Its INCREDIBLE what goes into a project like that. I’m glad you documented it so thoroughly.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 03-10-2009 04:22 AM

Blake – Hope you enjoyed it. How long did it take? 2 hrs? 3?

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#13 posted 03-12-2009 03:26 AM

what a build! im looking forward to more videos as well, your a natural in front of the camera.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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