Maple armoire

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Project by Joey posted 10-29-2008 03:26 AM 2595 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been a while since i posted a project, so here’s my latest. I built this for some friends, they picked out a design from pottery barn and I designed around that. She originally wanted mahogany until I priced it for her, then she wanted cherry and that was still too expensive, so we decided on maple and stain to the color she wanted. The sides and shelves are maple plywood, the doors and drawers are solid maple. I made all the molding except for the crown, it’s maple turned upside down with a small bead molding under it.
I stained it with minwax red mahogany and used wipe on poly as the finish.
On the raised panels, instead of using the balls to prevent the panel from rattleing, I used caulk. I squirted some caulk out on wax paper and let it dry, and then put it in the groove.
Sorry about the background in the pics, I didn’t have time to set up a place to shoot it before i had to deliver it.

-- Joey, Magee, Ms

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#1 posted 10-29-2008 03:52 AM

Great Looking Project, Joey!!

I noticed there are no handles on the doors. Did you use the spring loaded latches?

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

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#2 posted 10-29-2008 04:04 AM

no, she’s picking the handles out, she wants square blanks with a ring pull. when she gets them in, i’ll put them on for her

-- Joey, Magee, Ms

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#3 posted 10-29-2008 04:25 AM

Beautiful! Joey, you did a great job. The stained maple works well on this piece.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#4 posted 10-29-2008 06:21 AM

Very nice.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 10-29-2008 03:22 PM

Great looking piece! Maple is tricky to stain, but this came out very well.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 10-29-2008 03:34 PM

Great piece Joey! I know the feeling about doing work for others. I built an Armoire for my brother and the mental anguish about what he thought of it was terrible. But the fun of doing the woodworking made it worth it.

Great craftsmanship on your piece.

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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#7 posted 10-29-2008 04:16 PM

With the finish i sanded to 220 and then used a conditioner to even it out, kept it from getting blotching. It can’t tell it from the pics, but some of the lumber that I used turned out to be tiger maple and curly. Wish i could have kept it.

-- Joey, Magee, Ms

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#8 posted 10-29-2008 05:28 PM

The armoire is very nice. I am sure your client will love it.

Thanks for posting

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#9 posted 10-30-2008 06:17 PM

Sweet looking work Joey.

I like the finish, I’m guilty of using red mahogany stain on a lot of projects I’ve built.

I also hate building something I like and have to let it go, even for pay.

Good job

-- Kirk H. --

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#10 posted 11-01-2008 02:26 AM

Great looking armoire! I really like the finish job. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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