Oak and Walnut Armoire

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Project by Dusty posted 11-18-2007 05:52 PM 2413 views 1 time favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This raised panel oak and walnut armoire is built in two pieces so it can be easily moved in older homes like mine that has narrow halls and low thresholds in the old stair ways.

I use the amoire in place of a dresser in one of the spare guest rooms in this “This Old Crack House” because of space constrictions.

The top half also is used to house a small TV and DVD player for my guests.

This piece is my own design and is built with out nails or screws also.

It is finished natural.

-- Dusty

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#1 posted 11-18-2007 06:10 PM

Great design Dusty I like the flowing grain on the sides that contuinue between the two pieces and I’m guessing the front face frame pieces.

I’ve never seen the use of two different species of wood in a raised panel before. It brings a nice continuity in this piece.

I like it.

-- 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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#2 posted 11-18-2007 07:39 PM


I really like the contrasting woods used in this project and the night stands. All of the pieces are beautiful. I especially like the raised panels in the armoire. The room must be a real treat to stay in as a guest. Did you also make the bed? It looks like it is oak and walnut as well.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#3 posted 11-18-2007 09:11 PM

Beautiful work!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#4 posted 11-18-2007 09:43 PM

Beautiful bedroom suite, Dusty!

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

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#5 posted 11-18-2007 10:14 PM

Iowa Woodcrafter,

Yes I did build the bed and night stands that go with the amoire. I posted pictures of these projects this morning if you missed them.



Thank you for your comments.

-- Dusty

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#6 posted 11-19-2007 12:02 AM

Great work, Dusty.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 11-19-2007 01:04 AM

Lordy. The amazement never ends. What a terrific looking bedroom this must be with this as well as the bed and the nightstands. Wonderful Dusty, really wonderful.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#8 posted 11-19-2007 01:31 AM

Very handsome bedroom set. Great wood selection and design – both for looks and for practicality.

-- Dave J. Eagle, ID

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#9 posted 11-19-2007 01:48 AM

Dave J.

Thanks you.

Its great to have another Minnesota Woodworker on Lumberjocks.

-- Dusty

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#10 posted 11-19-2007 02:02 AM

amazing as always!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 11-19-2007 02:41 AM

Very nice Dusty!

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

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#12 posted 11-19-2007 03:25 AM

All three of the pieces for the bedroom are great, dusty. I love the contrasts of the oak and walnut. I’m curious, on your drawer slides for the side tables, what are the rough dimensions? On the armoire, do the two pieces have any pegs to keep the top aligned with the bottom?

Thanks for sharing these other great pieces. Impeccable as always.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#13 posted 11-19-2007 04:43 AM


The over all dimensions for the night stand are as follows-

24” wide 16.5 ” deep and 24” inches high

The drawer is made from 3/4 oak with 3/8 dadoed groves cut in the side to accommodate the 3/4 maple slides. The drawer is flush mount with the front of the face frame on the night stand as the picture illustrates.

The drawer is constructed with half laps.

The bottom is a dado grove to hold the oak plywood used for the bottom of the drawer.

I hope this helps.

-- Dusty

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#14 posted 11-19-2007 04:49 AM


I used to use pegs to aligned the top and bottoms. After a few times of moving these pieces and the pegs breaking off went to a flat plate like the one in this picture to hold the top and bottom perfectly lined up and secure.

Of course it goes with out saying with the two pieces you have to have perfectly square and identical pieces for this to work and look good.

-- Dusty

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#15 posted 11-19-2007 06:59 AM

Thanks for the details and extra photos, Dusty. Quite helpful.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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