Doll Armoire

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Project by woodspar posted 04-19-2007 09:36 PM 5647 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got a commission.

The lady designed it. We even made a full size paper model to see what it would look like. Frame and panel doors? No, like this – keep it simple. Any ornamentation? How about this carving from this catalog? What about door knobs? Wood. What kind of finish? light, like this piece of furniture.

Materials: Birch plywood, biscuits, navy blue self stick felt, hinges, wood door knobs, chrome pipe. Satin EF Polyacrylic Blend.

What I like: Wood figure of the doors. 2000 grit finish. Spacing of the doors. Cutting the plywood on the top to the shape of the store bought scroll work with the band saw.

What I don’t like: voids in plywood, one plywood door warped on the bottom.

Every project teaches.

-- John

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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 04-19-2007 09:39 PM

How big is it? Looks good.

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#2 posted 04-20-2007 03:02 AM

How thick was the plywood? The project looks good. Was the lady pleased?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#3 posted 04-20-2007 03:57 AM

Great piece and sounds like it was hassle free which always makes for a pleasant experience. I would be curious to hear the size also. Thanks for posting it Woodspar!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#4 posted 04-20-2007 01:14 PM

Cute little armoire. Jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 04-20-2007 05:49 PM

Hi, thanks for your comments.

Dennis, Chip, it is 28 inches (~71 cm) high including the head piece.

Os, she was pleased. I enjoyed working on this project with my daughter and watching what she came up with for her design. The ply is 1/2 birch; I wanted to keep it light. Unfortunately the hinges were made for 3/4; I tried to find more appropriate hinges (at the woodworking store that starts with R) but it seems that everything is made for 3/4. I did not feel that the smaller hinges made for jewelery boxes etc. would have been strong enough. There did not seem to be anything in between??? Anybody have any ideas?

Chip, I enjoyed using my band saw for this project. I was delighted to find that I could use my band saw to cut around the scroll that I applied to the 1/2 ply to make the head piece. I also enjoyed learning how to cut the “apron” to make the legs, and seeing how far I could go with the finishing; with the 2000 grit the finish is almost glass smooth. In addition, I wanted to build a cabinet with a biscuit joiner.

Thanks Jockmike!

I started out with the table saw cabinet in my shop, this is the next step in my travels learning how to make cabinets. My next project involves making frame and panel shutters.

Thanks again for the comments.

-- John

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#6 posted 04-20-2007 07:52 PM

sounds like the two of you had a great time designing this together :)

Congrats on a job well done

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

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#7 posted 05-14-2007 05:20 PM

Love it. I’ll add it to my to do list for my little girl. I like how you commented on your work. I have been trying to do the same for every project I post. I like having a record of what I call “lessons learned” for future reference. Like you said, ” Every project teaches”. If you don’t recognize the lessons, you’re bound to repeat the mistakes.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#8 posted 05-14-2007 05:51 PM

Thanks for the comments on my projects. This peice is great! I encourage everyone to get a lathe…I didn’t think I would like it as much as I do but it has turned out to be a great addition and there isn’t a whole lot of scrap left in my shop.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#9 posted 05-14-2007 06:51 PM

Thanks, Debbie, I was really impressed with what she came up with for a design.

Thanks Jeff, I appreciate your comments. I like the fact that we can learn from each other – all of us have something to offer.

Thanks Steffan, I really like the bowls you have created – it is a direction I have never gone it – using the lathe, but I would like to someday.

-- John

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