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Blog entry by wdkits1 posted 08-14-2009 05:08 PM 4885 reads 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone
I haven’t been doing alot of scrolling lately except for a class that I’ve been teaching for some of the Seniors here in Midlothian at a place called -LLI.It’s a place where seniors can go to learn all sorts of things like pottery, painting, history and I’ve been doing a class on intarsia. Been lots of fun and the participants have really had a good time watching me put together a Rose Jewelry Box.

What has really been keeping me busy is a large commission for a customer which entails building custom cabinets and shelving for their walk-in closets. Now, I don’t normally take on such a large project but I’ve done smaller projects for this customer in the past and when he said that he wanted the woodworking to- look like art, well I just couldn’t say no. So I took some measurements and drew a few sketches and they agreed on a price so here I go.

This project will use 550 bd ft of Jatoba .

Each closet will consist of a sweater cabinet,a shoe rack and shelving with rods for clothes to hang on. They selected the oil rubbed bronze rods($5 a foot) and all shelving will have decorative inlays to set it off. With this much lumber I definitely had to go into production mode .There will be lots of edge gluing of boards for the side panels and shelves so I started by setting up the router table with extentions to handle the long boards for biscuit jointing using a slot cutting bit.

These are the first 7’ x 16” glued up panels for the sweater cabinet.

Here is the first completed wall of the first closet. I’m now working on the shoe rack.

I didn’t even make it out the door after the install and she already had her sweaters in the cabinet!!!

Here is a pic of the second piece of the custom closet project that I’m working on—the shoe rack. I used 70 bf of Jatoba and it is 84” tall x 40” wide x 12” deep. The accent strips on the shelves are holly and ebony.

One more wall to go in this closet, then I’ll start on the next one and when all of the cabinets and shelves are done I’ll start on the custom hardwood floors—clear maple with purpleheart inlays done in a herringbone pattern. Should be fun

-- Mike --

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#1 posted 08-14-2009 05:43 PM

great looking setup, I look forward to seeing more as the project progresses.


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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 08-14-2009 07:03 PM

Wow! That is some of the best looking closet storage I have seen. Some of the systems are massive and fancy in layout but they are only made of melamine and particle board. This is fantastic.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Will Mego

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#3 posted 08-14-2009 07:34 PM

very nice, and nice to see more solid wood vs melamine, mdf, ply, etc. Keep up the great work!

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 08-14-2009 08:22 PM

Wow, this is a gorgeous closet. I like the door design and the beadboard look that you gave to the shoe rack. And adding the holly and ebony accents certainly moved this up a notch or two.

Nice job!!

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 08-14-2009 10:35 PM

Beautiful Job. Love the look of the door.

-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#6 posted 08-15-2009 02:56 AM

Looks great so far. Looking forward to seeing the complete projects. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 08-23-2009 11:02 PM

Hey Mike they look great ,cool design

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#8 posted 08-29-2009 03:07 PM

I would have been itching to put my sweaters in there—even before you were out the door :D

absolutely beautiful – what a transformation

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 03-24-2011 06:24 PM

Very nice job! I am impressed with your custom work
Anthony Pelton
The Red Vice Work Shop
Watertown Ma,

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#10 posted 08-01-2011 02:11 PM

These are really cool designs. You can get more ideas from

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