Spalted oak Stickley Cabinet

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Project by schroeder posted 03-05-2007 04:26 AM 6063 views 16 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this for my wife for Christmas. I followed a Stickley drawing and Woodsmith (I think). At this point I was struggleing with a couple of things – I made it out of spalted white oak that was milled & air dried here in Oregon. I’m not entirely satisfied with the plywood back – in hindsight, it kinda defeated what I was going for, and I have plan on using solid wood in the future. That, and (…I can barely admit this – I mean, after all, I’m a professional Forester, but…) I “inadvertently” used two pieces of old-growth DF in the doors – sigh, how I could mistake OGDF for white oak – maybe cause the oak was spalted – well, I just don’t know… (I thought the tenons seemed a little easy to cut) But the wife loves it! And the client is what matters, right?

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#1 posted 03-05-2007 05:13 AM

Nice design, execution.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#2 posted 03-05-2007 06:15 AM

I’d like to see this one closer. I’ve not seen any spalted white oak up close. It looks interesting. What are your shelves made out of? I like the sawtooth supports for the shelving. Nice work.

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#3 posted 03-05-2007 12:12 PM

In my line of work if we make that kind of mistake we call that caricture!! It looks great to me. Oh yea, I also like you friend in the one picture. Why didn’t your friend catch that OGDF. LOL

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#4 posted 03-05-2007 04:48 PM

Love the pinned tenon look, that really elevates the piece. Although I agree with you on principle on the plywood, but once you get shelves and things on the shelves in there, that’s not going to be noticeable at all. Nice!

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#5 posted 03-05-2007 06:40 PM

Nice job Schroeder! I am sure your wife will treasure it for a long time.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#6 posted 03-05-2007 09:10 PM

Thanks for the comments –
Dennis, I used 1 inch oak for the shelving. Unfortunately, my house always gets the “first off” of most projects – Like most people I suppose, I could do way better on the second one I built. I told her I’d build another and we could give that one away, she’s not having any of that tho…maybe I can put it in another room (my project list just got bigger!)

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#7 posted 03-05-2007 10:37 PM

the first one is filled with the love, with the journey, with the challenges, and accomplishments. I can totally understand why this one can’t be given away.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#8 posted 03-05-2007 10:55 PM

Life is like that. No give me overs. Until I see it, this one does not leave.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#9 posted 03-06-2007 01:51 AM

Very sharp and just simply a great piece to have in any home (or office). I am very fond of the Stickley style of furniture and you captured it well!

-- Branden - Sacramento, California -

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#10 posted 03-06-2007 08:12 AM

“client is what matters, right?” – very true – mainly when its your wife. I like the design and a beautiful piece of furniture.

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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#11 posted 03-07-2007 03:09 AM

I like it! I like how you have your two man saws stored on the wall, also.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#12 posted 03-07-2007 03:18 AM

Thanks Oscorner, The saws on the wall belong to my friend, Al Cronk (also a Lumberjock). several are from his youth growing up in NY, he won one in a Jack~n~Jill contest about 30 years ago and one I found, that a logger had left sitting in the woods from 1950. They are very precious to us in the shop!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#13 posted 04-14-2007 06:24 AM

This is awesome art right here on this page! Thanks for sharing.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#14 posted 05-17-2007 02:07 AM

man i love your work

-- Phil, Chattanooga,TN

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#15 posted 08-10-2007 05:18 AM

I like your bookcase too. When I made this, I had a heck of a time to keep the tall doors straight without bowing. Did this happen to you too? How can I avoid the frustrating exercise of trying to fit a bowed, tall door set into a super straight case?

Scott Alan

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