Rachel's Armoire

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Project by MadeinMT posted 04-10-2017 02:29 AM 1533 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

White oak armoire made for my daughter-in-law. Based on a cherry armoire plan I purchased from Woodsmith. I changed a few things primarily the side panels which were supposed to use 1/4” plywood – which I don’t care for – so I used resawn oak with a beveled edge.

The interior also called for plywood but I happened to have some redwood I had ripped off our deck recently. The redwood had been in the weather for 20 years so it was a but punky but once I sawed it from 1-1/2” down to 3/4” and worked with it a bit it turned out OK. It gives the interior some nice character as it has some screw holes and other irregularities.

The piece measures 2’ deep by 3’ wide by 6’ tall. All the mortises, tenons, dovetails were done by hand. The finish is the modern version of the Stickley finish. It starts with distilled water to raise the grain followed by a coat of boiled linseed oil and a coat of shellac (I used clear). Then a dark brown alkyd glaze is brushed into the grain and wiped off, and topped with a coat of amber shellac.

-- Ron, Montana

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#1 posted 04-10-2017 02:43 AM

man that is sweet ron from montana,nice work,say hello to my uncle in great falls-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 04-10-2017 08:47 AM

Nice build.I guess it’s very heavy with so much oak in it.

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,you must polish it to shine.....

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#3 posted 04-10-2017 01:20 PM

Very nice piece, I really like the reuse of the redwood.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 04-10-2017 02:41 PM

great looking project

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#5 posted 04-10-2017 03:04 PM

Sure hope your daughter-in-law doesn’t live on the 4th floor of a no-elevator apartment.
That is one big beautiful piece.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 04-10-2017 04:33 PM

This one caught my eye. Love the QSO. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 04-10-2017 06:12 PM

This armoire turned out beautifully and you have done a wonderful job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 04-14-2017 06:16 AM

Nice work! Beatiful.

-- Every project is an opportunity to acquire new tools and any solution that requires buying a new tool is the correct one.

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