Floor-Standing Cabinet

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Project by thewoodwhisperer posted 06-07-2010 08:35 PM 10644 views 51 times favorited 58 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project built for one of my favorite clients. Woods are walnut, cherry, and birdseye maple. Frame and panel construction for sides and back and top is veneered cherry ply with a walnut mitered frame. The piece will feature two knobs as soon as they come in from the hardware dealer.

Finish is nuttin’ but oil! Tung oil to be exact. The client prefers oil-only finishes.

Interesting details to note:

The door panels. I covered the construction of these panels in this video:

The adjustable shelf. I decided to install the adjustable shelf pins into the legs, as opposed to the sides. The side panels are solid wood and will move over time, so I didn’t think this was a good place for shelf pins. The pins in the front and back are pretty low key and it works rather well. For shelf pins, I used 1/4” walnut dowels.

That’s it. I hope you like it.

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#1 posted 06-07-2010 08:37 PM

It turned out really beautiful Marc. Good job.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#2 posted 06-07-2010 08:39 PM

Wow! that is beautiful Marc I watched your video on the construction of the panels but it turned out beutifully I’ know it will be a treasured piece

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#3 posted 06-07-2010 08:40 PM

Gorgeous Marc!! Thanks for the video about the panels, I watched it and am going to try something like that myself.

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#4 posted 06-07-2010 08:42 PM

a most outstanding piece Marc I guess it’s been a long time since I checked in I didn’t know you did commissioned work. Just an old guy that doesn’t keep up with what’s going on. Congrats on an outstanding cabinet.


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#5 posted 06-07-2010 08:48 PM

Gorgeous. Is there a way to measure the amount of flare that those legs have near the bottom? It’s subtle but very effective. And excellent use of some very interesting walnut in the doors.

-- Woodworking is easy as 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510...

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#6 posted 06-07-2010 08:52 PM

Beautiful piece and superbly constructed and designed.
Love everything about it especially the wood combinations…......

Thanks also for the video, job well done and some tips for me to think about
on a up coming project….......

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#7 posted 06-07-2010 08:55 PM

Thanks for the compliments guys! As for the legs, I don’t have any way to quantify it. I just made it look good to my eye when creating the template. The story behind the legs is that the client originally came up with a leg design for some large pieces I built for him. I didn’t have any influence over the original. Well this piece is going to be part of the “set”, so the legs were to match. Problem was that leg didn’t work on this small scale. So I redesigned the leg to something I thought looked good, but held true to the basic idea of the original. Fortunately the client approved and that was that.

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#8 posted 06-07-2010 09:03 PM

Exceptional, and the video was very informative. I do not recall if you mentioned where this design was from or based on? I ask as I find this style to be quite pleasing to the eye…simple like an asian influence – yet with artsy flourishes…that gives a kind of modernistic style. I am very impressed with the way the grain is “framed” within the Birdseye. Great use of the grain and the contrasting colors.

Thank you for sharing this exquisite piece with us…and keep up the videos…I can never get enough of the info they contain.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#9 posted 06-07-2010 09:16 PM

I watched the video a few days ago and was hoping to get a look at the completed final project. Looks like it turned out extremely well.

Sure is an eye catcher.

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#10 posted 06-07-2010 09:17 PM

it´s a beautyfull piece of furniture you have done
thank´s for sharing


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#11 posted 06-07-2010 09:28 PM

a very beautiful piece, im always a big fan of those color combination’s..they all go together very well…good idea on the pegs in the legs..makes sense…thanks for showing your work…its always inspirational…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#12 posted 06-07-2010 09:28 PM

Very nice Marc!
I love the combination of walnut and maple and you have brought them to life in this design.

I also enjoy the starburst effect of the grain on the door fronts. I saw the video and had a difficult time visualizing what it would look like completed and I must say the extra time you put in on the doors with the walnut figure was worth every second they are terrific. I also must agree with Bret about the legs and how nice they are. You customer will be very pleased I am sure.


-- Duane, Ohio

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#13 posted 06-07-2010 09:46 PM

Marc your work is exceptional. That is a beautiful design.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#14 posted 06-07-2010 09:53 PM

Great design and execution Marc. Thanks for the video on the door fronts…and excellant idea.
The project turned out beautiful, I’m sure your client will love it.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#15 posted 06-07-2010 10:15 PM

Love those legs! Nice design and execution. Nice client too! (Wish I can get more of those!)

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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