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Project by shouldwood posted 02-05-2011 06:45 PM 14632 views 49 times favorited 57 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had a vision about bending a cabinet and still making it functional. After few rough drafts, came up with an idea of how to do this. Unsure if I could pull off a full scale, e.i., five-foot tall one, decided to make a model first to work out the bugs and solve fundamental problems on small scale; plus budget didn’t permit building full size one as of yet.

Didn’t know what dimensions to use building this so winged it. In retrospect, should have made the top square as opposed to rectangular. At least that was the idea in my mind and drawing. Oh well, came out pretty much as I had envisioned.

Was tired of just copying everyone else’s designs and ideas so I designed one. Still undetermined as to whether or not to build full scale one yet. Not sure if idea/design would appeal to the general (buying) public.

Basically cut out front, back and bottom from 1/4” plywood, glued together; then, used wood-back maple veneer to run up each side with wood glue. Had to use drop-off pieces of same shape to help clamp in place until glue dried. Full size one would require using 3/8” bendable plywood for the sides. Tiny drawers were pretty tedious with such a small scale. Veneered front, back and drawer fronts with maple and offset with high-contrast of walnut for handles.

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#1 posted 02-05-2011 06:56 PM

elegant …very nice

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#2 posted 02-05-2011 06:58 PM

Great design. I love it.

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#3 posted 02-05-2011 07:04 PM

i really like this a lot! I dont think full scale would look as good as this scale. As a matter of face I think this IS full scale – these would make awesome jewelry boxes! You could try different shapes, etc. If you decide to make another one, I’d love to see a step by step blog! Shape is great, and i love the wood choices you used. I really like this! Added to my favorites

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#4 posted 02-05-2011 07:07 PM

Thank you dub560. Thank you Thomas_Ax. And thank you dakremer.

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#5 posted 02-05-2011 07:10 PM

AMAZING JOB! I love the design, and the scale! Well done!

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#6 posted 02-05-2011 07:23 PM

I just love creative thinking. This is great as is and will be great however you proceed. The thought is what makes it work and that is your own. Wherever you go with it, it will be a unique piece of art with your own personal touch.
Keep us posted.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 02-05-2011 07:30 PM

My advice: Don’t use bending plywood, build forms and do a laminate bend. Check out my page, I do those alot. You may have to do it in two panels on each side but it would be a better solution. A lam bend will give you a free standing bent form that you wont have to wrestle into shape and hope it stays put and you can make it out of what ever you like not just what ever bending ply you can find. It’ll be way cheaper too. If you need any help I’d love to give you any pointers I can. And also stop trying to decide and just build the sucker!

-- Rogue

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#8 posted 02-05-2011 07:36 PM

Very cool. If this is a scale one, how tall is it? If you build full scale I think it would be nice to make 2- one bending to the right and one bending to the left!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 02-05-2011 07:40 PM

Great and unique design on lateral thinking.

I can imagine how tough was to build. But also rewarding to see the finished piece as you thought.

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#10 posted 02-05-2011 08:27 PM

Really cool!!

Great looking design. Build it any size you like. Will be popular…..............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#11 posted 02-05-2011 08:43 PM

MAN, That is really cool.

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#12 posted 02-05-2011 08:49 PM

This looks great. I think the top drawer may be more functional if it was square, thus tall, however I think how it is now helps the look flow much better. It turned out very good, a job very well done!

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#13 posted 02-05-2011 08:51 PM

very nice and creative design

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#14 posted 02-05-2011 09:08 PM

TWITA. Awesome !

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#15 posted 02-05-2011 09:14 PM

For a “model” that looks great. I hope the real thing turns out 1/2 as good as the “model”.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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