Armoire #1: Building an Armoire

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Blog entry by ziller posted 06-22-2011 03:59 AM 6502 reads 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I skipped a few steps up to this point. Basically I built 3 cabinets and screwed them together and here I’ve clamped on the face frame. Can’t have too many clamps….

After the frames were dry I glued a plywood finished end on each side and attached the raised panel columns to the face frame.

Built a plywood top to match the profile of the cabinet and wraped it with an applied molding. Then add a structure that will support the arched middle section that I’ll be building next

I made these pieces by running them accross this very old saw with an even older 14” blade… I can’t remember how many passes it took. Quite a few though. Then I sanded out the saw marks.

Then cut and attatched the arched pieces, followed by another plywood top with applied molding edge..

The upper section face frame has movement on the top with a flat panel and another flat panel column down the center. The left and right columns were clamped over the face frames similar to the way I did the lower cabinet..

Here I’m laying out the upper doors which have an oval center panel. You can see the wrinkled up sketchup drawing I’m using for reference. I drew the oval using the string method. There’s probably some more accurate techniques out there but I was happy with the results.. All the fronts will be a 3/8” inset application which I’ve always liked a lot..

I made templates out of 1/4” MDF for all the rails, stiles, and panels that had any movement.

Here’s the lower cabinets doors and drawer fronts with the same profiles.

At this point I’m waiting for some applied carvings that go on the upper columns and a molding that will go on the faces of the arched middle section. On the middle section, the 3 arched sections in the center are functional drawers that will open on a touch latch… Thanks for looking at my blog. This is my first time blogging so I appreciate any comments, negative or positive. I’ll post some more pics when it gets a finish and I install it..

Finally finished and installed. The finish is an old distressed paint. Pretty cool if you like that kinda finish. I threw in some pictures of the rest of the kitchen and entertainment center as well. There are a couple things not finished. Waiting for some back order knob hardware and they still havent decided what kind of panel they want in the entertainment center doors. Overall this job was a total blast. I couldn’t of had more fun. I hope I’m lucky enough to get my hands on another one like this. I also just finished up a wine room in the same house. Its in a very unusual room. Its very narrow and doglegs right as you walk down steps. It will be hard to get good pictures. Thanks everyone for looking at my blog. It’s my first and its been a lot of fun.

This armoire houses two 27” sub zero refrigerators.

-- Zach, Las Vegas

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#1 posted 06-22-2011 04:04 AM

Wow – this is very impressive – really nice! Thanks for posting….....


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#2 posted 06-22-2011 04:15 AM

Nice, well executed.

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#3 posted 06-22-2011 04:16 AM

Thanks Jeff.. It’s been a lot of fun to build. I think the finish is going to be a distressed paint grade of some sort. I’m hoping to get the approval from the designer soon..

-- Zach, Las Vegas

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#4 posted 06-22-2011 04:17 AM

That thing is huge what kind of finish will be put onto the final project?


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#5 posted 06-22-2011 04:21 AM

Adam. The designer hasn’t shown me a finish sample yet. But he has told me it will be a distressed paint grade of some sort. Should b pretty cool..

-- Zach, Las Vegas

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#6 posted 06-22-2011 04:28 AM

Thanks Bent.

Yea, I couldn’t find any good poplar at Peterman’s so I mixed in some alder. It’ll paint up the same. Yea, the center section is 3 drawers that operate on a touch latch.. Haven’t installed those yet. There Blum so I’m they should probably be pretty smooth. It’ll b goint to paint as soon as Craig gives a sample. I don’t think he’s approved one with the client yet. Come by anytime.. It looks good from far, but far from good I’m afraid… LOL

-- Zach, Las Vegas

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#7 posted 06-22-2011 10:33 AM

Man this is sweet, great lines….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 06-23-2011 04:11 PM

Dang that is tall and dang you have a lot of clamps and dang…... Interesting, I designed something similar to this but never built it. See the link:

I really like the whole design, but in particular the waist molding and crown. With something that tall, what castle is it going in? Please post more…



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#9 posted 06-26-2011 05:51 PM

Thanks Ken and Jeff.

Jeff. I hope you get a chance to build your design. It looks great. If so make sure you post some pics. I like the paneled ends. Mine was designed to slide in a niche but look like a free standing furniture piece so the ends wont be very visible. It’s a little more ornate than I usually like, but it’s kinda growing on me. I’ll post more pics when I wrap it up.. (still waiting for carvings to come in, and an approved finish sample). The house it’s going in isn’t quite a castle but compared to my humble house it is.. I think its about 9,000 sq/ft that sits on a beautiful golf course here in Vegas..

-- Zach, Las Vegas

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#10 posted 06-26-2011 05:55 PM

Yo Bent.

Thanks for the video. I believe that is the one. I’m wondering if I need to mount the slide higher than usual to create space for that piece to clip in underneath like it shows? I probably be messing with that tomorrow. I’ll let ya know how they work out.

-- Zach, Las Vegas

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#11 posted 08-31-2011 02:55 PM

This is a wonderful blog and I have just made it a favorite. These cabinets are beautiful.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 09-01-2011 06:44 AM

Thanks helluvawreck. I like your Thoreau quote and your dogs poker face. My mom read a lot of Thoreau.

-- Zach, Las Vegas

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#13 posted 11-05-2012 07:12 PM

OMG!! That armoire is magnificent. Just beautiful. I would love one in my home.

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