Lingerie Cabinet

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Project by Todd Swartwood posted 01-10-2015 12:13 AM 3844 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided about the end of the first week of December that I needed to build my Wife a nice Christmas
gift. I should have started a little sooner, I just finished spraying the lacquer finish yesterday, and the hardware today. I guess I missed by a few days.
I built the entire piece with frame and panel construction. I used a beaded face frame and inset doors.
I had forgotten how long it had been since I had cut the Haunch joints for the beaded face frame.
I had a blade for my Radial arm saw made to cut the joints, they started with a 1” thick carbide tipped blade.
It works quite well, however there is a learning curve I had forgotten.
I used a locked miter joint for the front corner joints, it is very hard to see where it is put together.

The cabinet dividers are dadoed in at the center and the bottom. The drawers are all assembled with through
dovetail joints. I used my Leigh Super dovetail jig, but I had only ever cut half blind single pass joints before.
So I had to learn how to use the jig for 2 pass through dovetail joints. I was very happy with the outcome with the jig. I used 1/2” Red Oak for the drawer sides and 1/4” Birch plywood for the bottom.
I also used my Grizzly molding/planer combo to make the crown and base moldings I used on this piece.
I used a wide crown mold cutter to make the base molding for feet.

I put a clothes rod in the top section for use with hangers.

Your comments really pump me up and encourage me to keep posting.
Thanks much and have a blessed evening, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#1 posted 01-10-2015 02:31 AM


Your wife should be delighted with such a beautiful piece . . . and you’re not that late with it! Thanks for sharing.


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#2 posted 01-10-2015 10:18 AM

Beautiful job and your wife should be pleased.

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#3 posted 01-10-2015 12:28 PM

Hey nice job!! Todd

I’m sure you made a whole bunch of points with this one.
Really like the base molding.

best wishes Lynn

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#4 posted 01-10-2015 01:21 PM

Wow. That is really nice.
Lots of really nice details there.

Good job,

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#5 posted 01-10-2015 01:55 PM

Beautiful work. That is an super looking cabinet.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 01-10-2015 02:06 PM

she did not mind it being late, and was very pleased with the new piece. Thanks very much for taking the time to comment. Have a blessed day, Todd

It was a hit, but than again I have an awesome wife.
Thank much, and have a great and blessed day, Todd

I try not to keep track of points, I am usually way behind. But I am glad she loves it.
Have a blessed day, Todd

Hi Steve,
Furniture is my real passion next to tools. With furniture you the chance to express yourself a little more than the average cabinet.
I have also just sprayed all the door and drawer fronts for our new kitchen. I hope to get them all put up within a couple days. Then I will probably be consumed with the new Bakery I am building for my wife.
And then 3 more apartments to build, and then I will be able to get back to more fun stuff.
I hate the way the have 2’s take all the time away from the want 2’s.
Have a blessed day Steve, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#7 posted 01-10-2015 02:41 PM

Beautiful build.

It makes me think that any guy with a wife that has that much lingerie that she needs a cabinet for it is doing OK.

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#8 posted 01-10-2015 03:53 PM

First off Todd, beautiful piece. I’m sure she (as well as anybody else that sees it) will love it!

Now then, tell us about that little dowel peeking out of the joint in pic #3. Is that part of some sort of locking device?

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#9 posted 01-10-2015 05:53 PM

Hey Joe, I believe you are speaking of the dado for the drawer bottom. That picture is the back of the drawer box and
I was not worried about the unplugged exposed dado grove on the back.
As far as latches go the door is magnetic (which I hate) that I will most likely change to Barrel catches if the magnetic one gets broken. The drawer has a latching drawer slide.

Thanks Joe and have a blessed weekend, Todd

Jim ,
I’m sure she can not fill the cabinet yet, but I’m very willing to help her try!!! LOL

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#10 posted 01-10-2015 07:39 PM

ah-HA! I see now. I didn’t notice the drawer slide and I thought this was the SIDE and not the back of the drawer. It looked like a round dowel in there in that picture.

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#11 posted 01-10-2015 09:31 PM

Very nice piece Todd…. And very well excecuted.

Any issues making the Lock miter that long?

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#12 posted 01-10-2015 09:45 PM

Hi Matt,
thank you much for your compliments. Lock miters are all in the setup, I have learned not to bring the edge to a sharp corner. If you bring it to a sharp edge gravity and the weight of the piece work against you to break that edge off. I leave about a 32nd of an inch square edged.
Have a blessed evening and weekend Matt, Todd

I had never thought of what that might appear to be, I new what it was ya know.
Have a great and blessed weekend, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#13 posted 01-11-2015 01:36 AM

Looks great! Can’t find things like this in any store anymore…

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#14 posted 01-11-2015 01:23 PM

Nothing compares to having a piece of heirloom quality furniture made just for you. Nice job.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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#15 posted 01-11-2015 06:03 PM

Thanks CrazyAce,
Finding a quality piece of furniture in a store has become nonexistent because people are happy to spend a couple hundred dollars at Wallmart on something that might last to its first anniversary.

I have always loved building furniture that will be around for a number of generations.

Thanks for the compliments guys and have a blessed day, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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