How would you two piece an armoire?

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Forum topic by seriousturtle posted 05-11-2009 11:27 PM 1005 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-11-2009 11:27 PM

I am going to start building two armoires soon, for my wife and me. The trick is, I have to two-piece them because our doorway is 76” high, and the awkward layout of the narrow halls + 3 doorways prevents the pieces from being carried on its side. Her piece will be about 80”H, not including the feet and some decorative crown or something on the top. I was thinking about maybe making the sides look like wainscot, but the rail will actually hide the seam. Any ideas? Man, I love this site. ~the turtle

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#1 posted 05-12-2009 12:14 AM

I’m not sure I understand for sure but, some old, armoires are made in two pieces. Drawers on the bottom is one piece and the “closet” part sets on top. Is that what you mean?

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#2 posted 05-12-2009 03:57 AM

yes, except there will not be drawers on the bottom. 80”H, with only 2 shelves on the top. I don’t think I can do it because of the face frame needs to be attached to the carcase.

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#3 posted 05-12-2009 04:34 AM

Face frame on an armoire? Shelves are basically drawers without boxes, and most furniture consists of boxes within boxes…. but I haven’t seen this configuration before….

Do you have an image of something similar?

I wish I had room for two 80” armoires….do you live in a castle? :)


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#4 posted 05-14-2009 04:42 PM

I would build it in two sections. Make the top section 1/4” shallower then the bottom, then when you assemble them you will have a nice shadow line where the two sections meet.
Does that make sense? If not I can send you a drawing.

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