Curly Maple Corner Cabinet

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Last year for a Christmas gift to my wife I purchased several pieces of Polish Pottery from Since we had no place to adequately display them, I decided to start building some furniture for the kitchen and dining area as a home for them. One of the first pieces was this corner cupboard based off of a design by David T. Smith. You can read more about it on my blog:

-- Mark, Utah

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#1 posted 01-08-2011 11:50 PM

Absolutely beautiful Mark. The wood is stunning, as are the design and craftsmanship. Great work.

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

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#2 posted 01-08-2011 11:56 PM

Beautiful project! What stain and finish did you use?

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 01-09-2011 12:02 AM

What a beautiful cabinet Mark. I love the Tiger Maple and the hinges too. Great craftsmanship.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 01-09-2011 01:10 AM

Great cabinet.Beautiful wood and finish

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#5 posted 01-09-2011 01:34 AM

That’s quite stunning Mark. Nicely done.

-- Gary, Florida

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#6 posted 01-09-2011 02:13 AM

Wow, that’s a beauty!

Love the rat tail hinges and that finish is eye catching, without being overly showy.

Any shots of it displaying the pieces you built it for?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#7 posted 01-09-2011 03:47 AM

That is some crazy looking wood, I love it!!!!!!1 Great work!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 01-09-2011 05:03 AM

Awesome! What is on display?? :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 01-09-2011 05:10 AM

Wow now thats a christmas present.


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#10 posted 01-09-2011 05:43 AM

Beautiful job. I really like the “pop” of that Tiger Maple. Well done.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#11 posted 01-09-2011 07:14 AM

Nice work. I like the hinges, and the lumber, and the finish, and the….everything about it.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#12 posted 01-09-2011 04:28 PM

Yea, I am drooling over this one! Well done! I know i am inspired….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#13 posted 01-09-2011 04:38 PM

Outstanding way to honor a beautiful piece of nature.

-- Dust to more Dust -

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#14 posted 01-09-2011 08:13 PM

Thank you for the comments.

Hal – roughly followed a formula from Glen Huey of Popular Woodworking Magazine. For the curly maple I used a water based aniline dye, followed by boiled linseed oil to enhance the figure. That was sealed with de-waxed shellac, followed by an oil-based brown glaze, then sealed with a few coats of shellac (sanding between coats) , and finally a few coats of Sherwin Williams pre-catalyzed lacquer sanding between coats. The final coat of lacquer was rubbed out with 0000 steel wool.

The inside is painted with milk paint sealed with lacquer which all needed to be done prior to assembling the cabinet. For the straight grained maple on the bottom I used a clear, water-based General Finishes gel stain tinted with the same Vintage Maple dye I used on the curly maple so I’d have an accurate color match and not splotch the straight grained maple. I sealed the straight grained maple with a thin wash of shellac prior to applying my dyed gel stain.

-- Mark, Utah

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#15 posted 01-09-2011 08:17 PM

Mark, that is an excellent finishing regimen. No wonder it looks so beautiful!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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