Display cabinet, stained ash

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Project by brg posted 08-09-2016 12:12 PM 2144 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A display cabinet, built together with my previous project (a TV unit).
More details about building it can be found in my TV unit project page.

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#1 posted 08-09-2016 01:15 PM

Very nice looking cabinet!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#2 posted 08-09-2016 03:00 PM

I really like the color. I’ve never stained ash but your case looks great!

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#3 posted 08-09-2016 07:55 PM

This display cabinet turned out nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 08-10-2016 03:59 AM

That is awsome! I love the color, I couldn’t believe that’s ash. I love the clean lines, I still can’t believe thats ash. Super great job, how did you mount the glass, a couple of inside pictures would be a good thing to add. I think this one is my favorite projects added to LJ this year.

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#5 posted 08-10-2016 04:40 AM

Very nice! I see that you are in Estonia, so this must be European ash. American ash has a much bolder grain, and I don’t think that it would be possible to get this beautiful look.

-- JohnnyB - - Sometimes determination can substitute for skill.

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#6 posted 08-10-2016 06:08 AM

Hi, thank you all. The wood used here is local ash (must be European ash, as I am in Estonia), kiln dried, cheap… but only flatsawn was available. Surprisingly it was extremely stable, no cupping or twisting noticed on any of these rough sawn boards after I took them into shop, milled to rough dimensions and left them for a month or two. I didn’t expect that from 1” flatsawn wood.

The staining made the grain look smoother – the color difference between sapwood and heartwood was reduced a lot (the same wood without a finish can be seen on my previous project page). The target was to match the color of an old existing table in that same room (orange-brown) and it wasn’t an easy task. I think I made ~10 samples before the result was similar enough. The main problem was that the result turned out greenish in the first samples and they didn’t look similar at all to the color examples in the catalogue. It’s probably some “ash”-thing, that caused it, because those same finishes on oak or pine didn’t turn green. Anyway, I finally found the color that was ok. I used water diluted dye/pigment from Herdins.

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#7 posted 08-11-2016 12:14 AM

absolutely wonderful piece – i love everything about it

-- Greg Simon

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#8 posted 08-12-2016 02:00 PM

well done

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#9 posted 08-13-2016 08:20 PM

Awesome cabinet

I love the look of the grain in European Ash along with the stain you used.
Great job!

-- Insanity is doing the same thing in the same way and expecting a different outcome. Chinese proverb - maybe?

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#10 posted 08-29-2018 04:20 PM

Just came by this cabinet. Great design and lovely executed!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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