Shoe Cabinet

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Project by Jon Hobbs posted 06-21-2016 09:07 PM 1138 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one started out designed to hold shoes for my 2 boys. It ended up being an exercise in frustration, perseverance, and not quite large enough for it’s intended purpose :) It’s still quite handy and used by my older son to house books, Rubik’s cubes, and the other miscellaneous small items that a 15 year-old young man accumulates.

Lessons learned here – don’t try more than 1 new technique per project! This project was the maiden voyage with a Leigh dovetail jig (carcase is joined with half-blind dovetails). It was also my first attempt at using a sliding dovetail. Somehow, the pieces kept getting smaller and smaller… Anyway, being too stubborn to glue up and mill new, “full sized” panels, I simply reduced the dimensions of the finished piece.

I was going for a contemporary, Scandinavian feel. Carcase, top and fixed shelf are solid maple. Base is “ebonized” poplar. Spray paint and a few coats of wipe-on poly ;) The dark detail band at the top was made by spray painting some strips of 1/8” hardboard black and sandwiching them between the carcase and the top. The carcase and top were finished with sprayed on water-base lacquer.

A great deal of learning was gleaned from this small piece of furniture!

-- Jon -- Just a Minnesota kid hanging out in Kansas

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Matt Hegedus

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#1 posted 06-21-2016 09:21 PM

Nice! I couldn’t even tell there was a base until I read it. I like these projects where you learn some things!

-- From Pittsburgh, PA

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Jon Hobbs

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#2 posted 06-21-2016 09:24 PM

Nice! I couldn t even tell there was a base until I read it. I like these projects where you learn some things!

Thanks Matt! Yeah, I didn’t light the base very well when I took the photos. I forgot to mention, there’s a shadow line between the carcase and base similar to the one between the top and the carcase. It doesn’t show up hardly at all in the photos.

-- Jon -- Just a Minnesota kid hanging out in Kansas

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#3 posted 06-22-2016 09:39 PM

Hey, Jon, it’s really great. I’d be proud of building that piece.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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