Built in Wardrobe, Knotty White Spruce

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Project by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 01-23-2007 07:20 PM 2292 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our home is fairly small, so I fit this wardrobe into a corner of our bedroom. The material for this cabinet is salvaged from the walls of our kitchen after remodeling it.

This Spruce was cut from the forest near the boundary waters canoe area in Northern Minnesota. I bought the paneling in 1955 from a local sawmill. It’s kind of hard to believe that I had to pay a whole $50.00/thousand, isn’t that outrageous? If only I had bought a carload at the time, but as usual, I could barely afford what I did buy.
I also built kitchen cabinets with the same material. I’ll show them on another posting.

I made the raised panels with a Saf-T-Planer attachment on my Montgomery Wards Powercraft Radial arm Saw.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#1 posted 01-23-2007 07:24 PM

Dick what a geat project. Boy isn’t hindsite great. :)....if onlyyyyyyyyyyyy story of my life .....


-- Dusty

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#2 posted 01-23-2007 07:33 PM

Nice, What a great project. I’m work on the same concept, but with curly maple and cherry. Hope it looks as good as yours when finished.

-- Marty Ohio

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#3 posted 01-23-2007 07:53 PM


That came out great. It looks like the house was built around the closet. Nice layout. The “if-only” to me is that when I went into business, AC fir 3/4 ply was about $7.00/sheet. Talk about a truckload today?

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 01-23-2007 08:14 PM

I once bought some 8’ 2×4s for 20 cents each, OOF_DA

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 01-23-2007 08:34 PM

recycle, reuse…. from one room to another.
gosh golly it’s gorgeous

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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dennis mitchell

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#6 posted 01-24-2007 12:17 AM

Thats almost like a spanish style with those small panels. $50.00 a thousand, I saw a 10”X96” cherry board in the local hardware store for $110.00…one board.

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#7 posted 01-24-2007 10:22 AM

This is a seriously lovely wardrobe, Dick. Your talent never ceases to impress.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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