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LazarusDB

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02-16-2018 05:14 PM

Hi all,

I’ve picked out this cabinet from Fine Woodworking as my next project. In the plan, they use beech which looks nice. The problem is it’s only available in 4/4 rough from my local hardwoods dealer. I know I can do glueups for the legs. The top and drawer front call for 13/16” thickness which hopefully I can do if very careful with jointing and planing. I’ve done a lot of walnut projects lately but don’t know this cabinet would look as nice in walnut. I’ve thought about soft maple with birdseye maple top and/or drawerfront. Any thoughts on other wood choices you think would look nice?

Thanks.

-- Aaron - Aspiring Craftsman


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#1 posted 02-16-2018 06:54 PM

I think it would look great in cherry or walnut, but if you are after the lighter color like shown maple might be the better choice. You can have your hardwood dealer surface the rough beech stock two sides (S2S) to 13/16” if you ask them. Have them straight line cut one edge and you will be all set.

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#2 posted 02-16-2018 07:01 PM

It’s a bit fussy to do, but if you must laminate
for the legs you can can make the leg blanks
undersized and then “veneer” them with 1/4”
thick faces mitered on the corner.

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#3 posted 02-16-2018 08:03 PM

Gaboon ebony for the legs and knobs, quilted maple for the frame members, drawer front, and top, and spalted holly for the panels … perhaps?

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#4 posted 02-16-2018 10:00 PM



Gaboon ebony for the legs and knobs, quilted maple for the frame members, drawer front, and top, and spalted holly for the panels … perhaps?

- Ron Aylor

Great minds think alike…that’s exactly what I bought today.

-- Aaron - Aspiring Craftsman

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#5 posted 02-16-2018 11:23 PM

Can’t wait to see it.

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#6 posted 02-17-2018 12:17 AM

That design looks similar to the entertainment center I built for our living room. However, mine is just simple pine panels from the big box store stained with Rustoleum KONA.

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#7 posted 02-17-2018 12:30 AM


Gaboon ebony for the legs and knobs, quilted maple for the frame members, drawer front, and top, and spalted holly for the panels … perhaps?

- Ron Aylor



Great minds think alike…that’s exactly what I bought today.

- LazarusDB

Awesome! I can’t wait to see it. LOL!

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#8 posted 02-17-2018 12:35 AM

ZEBRAWOOD!

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#9 posted 02-17-2018 01:43 AM

Alder.

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#10 posted 02-17-2018 04:08 AM

Waldernut

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LazarusDB

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#11 posted 02-17-2018 02:16 PM

I ended up picking up some soft maple and a board of curly soft maple for the top. Thanks all for the input.

-- Aaron - Aspiring Craftsman

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