Medicine Cabinet

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Project by CedarFreakCarl posted 12-31-2008 09:24 PM 2504 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this to surprise my wife. She’s out of town at the moment and doesn’t know it exists. It’s made of walnut with spalted/wormy maple panels & cherry shelves and back. I mounted it with a French cleat. the finish is three coats of clear shellac topped off with two coats of satin wipe on poly.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#1 posted 12-31-2008 09:26 PM

Thats quite the piece, and I bet she’ll love it. Way to go, you did a great job.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#2 posted 12-31-2008 10:08 PM

That turned out really well. I love those contrasting woods.

-- “I'm thinking about it, ... I'm thinking it's the best way to piss [the French] off.” -Lance Armstrong

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#3 posted 12-31-2008 10:33 PM

Hey, that looks great! But I hope your wife is not like mine…. The first thing out of her mouth would be “Couldn’t you find any wood that didn’t have all those worm holes in it?”

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

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#4 posted 01-01-2009 01:09 AM

I love the walnut and spalted maple, but really dont care for the cherry with it. Hope wifey likes it, that’s what really matters. Good luck.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#5 posted 01-01-2009 01:28 AM

She ain’t gonna like it, ain’t go no mirrors!!! LOL It is really very well done, Carl. Great looking Spalted and Walnut really work well together and the cherry is great as well.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 01-01-2009 02:27 AM

Thanks everybody for the kind comments. Charlie, lets just hope she doesn’t find out how much those worm holes Don’t worry Thos., she’s already requested a mirror to go with the hall table I posted earlier.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#7 posted 01-01-2009 02:45 AM

Very nice, she will surely love it

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#8 posted 01-01-2009 05:27 PM

Beautiful cabinet Carl!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#9 posted 01-01-2009 05:56 PM

Great looking cabinet. Are the panels resawed or are they 3/4” thick. A great, great looking cabinet.

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

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#10 posted 01-01-2009 10:09 PM

Thanks again guys! Karson, the panels are 1/4” resawed from 8/4.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#11 posted 04-01-2009 02:25 AM

Wow that’s is really wormy piece. Very nice, but I’m afraid your teenage girls might be giggling before they could open the door for an aspiriin….LOL
Did you fabricate the spalts and worm holes by burrying the lumber in the soils?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#12 posted 04-01-2009 03:30 AM

All the holes came with the piece of spalted maple that I bought. I guess we’ve got more critters and insects down here in South Carolina than one would find up north of here. This was a piece 8 feet long x about 6 inches thick. I had the guy who runs the bandsaw mill resaw it into two 3” thick pieces. He had originally intended to sell those thick pieces for fireplace mantles. He had a puzzled look on his face when I told him I was going to resaw it into door panels. Go figure! Anyway, here’s a picture of what’s left.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#13 posted 10-24-2010 08:02 PM

Wish I could have been a fly on the wall when the missus came home and saw it. Did you let her discover it herself, or did you do a show-and-tell kind of surprise? Either way, she had to feel like the luckiest woman alive.

-- "Life's nonsense pierces us with strange relation." Wallace Stevens

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#14 posted 10-24-2010 08:14 PM

Cool design Carl and to think they use to throw away splatted wood.


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