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Project by Stephen Mines posted 03-03-2011 04:51 AM 2603 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sweater Cabinet? Another new wrinkle in my forehead but that’s what the decorator called it. For a famous client, the decorator wanted pretty much what you see in the pictures…without the turnings/twists. Just a box. I said anybody can do a box, why me? Well, turns out the client specified me, becauseI’d worked on a show with him in the dim, distant past. OK, I said, but I only do furniture now that use turnings as part of the design or structural element. So he left his cartoon of a box with dims and asked me to think about it, come up with something if I could. I played with the idea for a while, a week maybe, and came up with this crate with the skeleton on the outside. He liked it, drew it up, and submitted it to his customer, and gave me the go ahead. The case is actually a 3/4” plywood box with the overlaid hard rock Maple frame. The turnings (notice they are left and right leads) are also Maple. The panels are a flat formica. Overall the piece measures 20” X 22” X 93”. An interesting feature is that the back side is open, with glass shelves; Sweaters would be at hand when the customer was in the dressing room/closet. The square pegs are Bloodwood, made from 1/2” X 1/2” sticks, cut to 3/4” long (slightly pointed on the end that goes into the cabinet) and pounded into 7/16” diameter holes on the diagonal. They are left about roughly 3/8” out, then cut to 1/8” proud (dovetail or cabinet saw) then beveled four ways to the center, ending up looking like a square headed wooden ‘nail’. They are strictly decorative. I didn’t see it after it had a finish on it, but was told it would be just a clear coat, natural finish.

-- Stephen Mines ([email protected])

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#1 posted 03-03-2011 05:04 AM

You probably did a good job and the client was impressed by it. That’s all it takes. As much schlock as you see in the world, the minute I see someone who can do a good job, I make sure people know about it. But a sweater cabinet? Well, I’ve got a pile of sweaters to donate. My family keeps buying me those things, and I don’t wear them! It’s a work jacket, a leather jacket, or a denim jacket, for me. Sweaters snag at every turn and have lumps hangin’ out of ‘em after that, when I wear ‘em.

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

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#2 posted 03-03-2011 05:46 AM

Ha! Me too, Jack. To top it off, this went to live in a Palm Springs, CA house. I mean, how many days a year ya gonna wear a sweater in Palm Springs? You can look out the window and see the snow-capped San Jacinto Mountins . . . maybe that starts a shiver? In fairness the folks in PS get to wear sweaters as a fashion statement and, what the hell, it’s their air conditioner, their thermostat. . .LOL

-- Stephen Mines ([email protected])

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#3 posted 03-03-2011 07:26 AM

don´t care if it´s a sweatercabinet it´s still a great looking cabinet you have done
thank´s for sharing it


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#4 posted 03-03-2011 12:37 PM

Looks great! Very instersting design! Your right though, I play golf alot in Palm Springs and only need a sweater for an hour or two in the ealry am on the course during winter.

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

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