Architectural Wall Cabinet by Nancy Hiller Interpretation

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Project by Gittyup posted 10-23-2021 05:23 PM 952 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This design was created by Nancy R. Hiller and published in the October 2018 issue of FWW magazine. Her design used a wall paper background for the open shelf. I chose to use a carving for the background instead. The only other change I made from Nancy’s design is the thickness of the back panels. My lower back panel 3/8” thick. And the carved panel is 3/4” thick. Nancy used 5/16” for her backs.

This was my first attempt at handcut dovetails and thru mortises. I was sure I was going to ruin a piece before I got all the joints cut. While all the joints are not perfect, I was able to hide the mistakes pretty good.

I made this as a wedding gift for my daughter. Its Sapele with a Basswood carving. Finish his Tried and True Danish Oil with 3 over coats of Minwax Tung Oil Finish, and a final coat of microcrystalline wax. I chose swans because they are a symbol of fidelity and mate for life.

-- tel

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#1 posted 10-23-2021 05:34 PM

Nice workmanship of a interesting project.

-- Ron

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#2 posted 10-23-2021 06:08 PM

Very nicely done. I am sure it will be cherished for many years. A gift from the heart.

I did the same thing for my daughter’s upcoming wedding next weekend. But mine is more in the lines of a keepsake box.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#3 posted 10-23-2021 06:09 PM

Great execution of a lot of details. Swans look perfect for the backing.

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#4 posted 10-23-2021 06:28 PM

Nice! I like that carving!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#5 posted 10-23-2021 07:32 PM


Looks great, like the thru tenons.

Looks like it is lighted on the upper shelf. If so what did you use for lights?

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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#6 posted 10-23-2021 07:36 PM


Looks great, like the thru tenons.

Looks like it is lighted on the upper shelf. If so what did you use for lights?

- gdaveg

The light is a battery powered led light. push on/off. a little round disk mounted behind the fascia.

-- tel

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#7 posted 10-23-2021 07:41 PM

Very nice!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 10-23-2021 07:50 PM

Beautiful. This is such a wonderful gift. The whole project is great, but the carving brings it to a higher level.

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#9 posted 10-23-2021 10:04 PM

Truly stunning.

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#10 posted 10-24-2021 12:05 AM

Beautiful job and I love the sapele. Very nice work on the dovetails and through mortises.

-- AJ

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#11 posted 10-24-2021 01:39 AM

Beautiful cabinet with great joinery. The top lit carving looks amazing. Great choice.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#12 posted 10-24-2021 03:11 AM

Well done

-- Ryan/// I like chips...and sawdust...but mostly chips...with vinegar

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#13 posted 10-24-2021 03:26 AM

thanks everyone

-- tel

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#14 posted 10-24-2021 12:02 PM

Well done Nancy!

-- Petey

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#15 posted 10-24-2021 12:30 PM

Well done Nancy!

- Peteybadboy

I guess the OP means “inspiration” instead of “interpretation”.

But very well done in any case.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn (and that is nice)

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