Key Cabinet

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Project by ChrisBabayco posted 09-22-2008 09:10 PM 2652 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a key cabinet that I made for my entry way. I had started thinking about it when Marc (The Wood Whisperer) started doing the gadget station series, and I thought that it would be nice to have something that I could stick mail and keys in when I walked through the door rather than having it end up all over the place. As fate would have it the Craft Center on the UC Davis campus was having a show to help celebrate our centennial and the manager asked me if I would contribute a piece for the show and I thought, “Hey, now I have an excuse to make something.” And this is the result…

It is an odd mix of gothic and arts and crafts styles, is 35”t 22’w 7”d and made of African mahogany and with floating curly maple panels. There were two parts to the finishing process, first I “popped” the grain with tinted shellac (a la the Wood Whisperer’s technique) thenfollowed with coat of seal-a-cell and a wipe on poly. The glass has a sandblasted image from a 1500 woodcut of horses leaving a stable (We are the “Aggies” and have a horse as the mascot) and was surprisingly hard to photograph.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 09-22-2008 09:28 PM

Nice looking cabinet!

Did you do the sand blasting, too?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 09-22-2008 09:32 PM

I did do the sandblasting- the Craft Center (in addition to have the woodshop that I use) teaches a lot of different techniques including sandblasting, stained glass, metal working and ceramics. I would highly recommend it to any Sacramento, CA area Lumberjocks that are wanting to learn new techniques (ok, enough shameless plugging).

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#3 posted 09-22-2008 09:35 PM

What a great resource!

We used to have an artisan in our town who did/taught stained/leaded glass work. Unfortunately, she decided to give it up. She made the doors for our china cupboard. It was really neat to watch her techniques.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 09-23-2008 04:40 AM

Horses ??? I thought they were don-KEYS with those long ears !! LOL …

Beautiful cabinet although I was surprised at the dimensions when you titled it as a key cabinet : )

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#5 posted 09-23-2008 05:14 AM

Nice work! Artfully crafted and functional. Thanks for posting.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 09-23-2008 05:46 AM

very nice … I have a sandblast cabinet… never used it on glass. Only glazes.

Cool original design.

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#7 posted 09-25-2008 10:38 AM

Really nice, quirky design. Inspiring project!

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