Armoire with raised panels

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Project by BillCo posted 03-21-2008 03:46 PM 1913 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We salvage timber from the bottom of Georgian Bay; our fishing lodge/resort is located at the site of what was Canada’s second-largest sawmill. The mill closed in 1926 and there is a substantial inventory of sunken wood at our doorstep.

This armoire was one of the first pieces we built with salvaged material. It’s mostly white pine.

The only metal in this piece is the hinges and the handles. Everything else is m&t or biscuited. All of the raised panels (28 of ‘em) and the shiplap back are full-floating.

I will post some more projects and some more detail about the material when I have some time to spare.

-- Sawmill Lodge -

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#1 posted 03-21-2008 03:52 PM

Great job. Love furniture with a good story. There’s nothing like the old salvaged lumber.

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#2 posted 03-21-2008 04:02 PM

You lucky dog. Last fall I was at an outfit in Ashland WI, on the Superior shore, that sells submerged lumber. Very interesting stuff, although I wasn’t ready for the color changes resulting from the minerals in the water. Some astoundingly tight growth rings, and huge ray flecks in the white oak. I’m interested in seeing more of your projects from it.

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#3 posted 03-21-2008 04:16 PM

Very nice. Fantastic execution!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 03-21-2008 04:45 PM

that looks awesome. which side of the bay is byng inlet? I love spending time in Owen Sound.

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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#5 posted 03-21-2008 06:59 PM

Thanks for both posting the armoire and the story behind it. This is an excellent piece of furniture, one which will be the focal point of the room. Twenty eight raised panels- Wow!!!

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 03-21-2008 09:47 PM

Great job. Man, nearly one hundred year old wood, to boot.

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#7 posted 03-22-2008 12:12 AM

Very nice piece. What makes it extra special is being made out of salvaged 100 year wood. You should do a blog on how you salvage the wood. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 03-22-2008 01:58 AM

which side of the bay is byng inlet? romansfivefive

We’re in Northeast GB, between Parry Sound & Sudbury.

-- Sawmill Lodge -

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#9 posted 03-22-2008 03:00 AM

That is one fine example of craftsmanship.

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

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#10 posted 07-16-2009 03:08 AM

Nice peice of furniture.

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#11 posted 07-16-2009 05:32 AM

Nice Armoire great job.

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#12 posted 07-16-2009 05:36 AM

nice job. Were you gluttin for punishment or were the pieces smaller? What I am referring to is the amount of raised panels. Don’t get me wrong, the project looks great. I can only imagine the number of pieces and clamps it took to do each door. I dread doing 4 panel doors, but I usually working on commission and time is money. Again great job.

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#13 posted 03-23-2010 04:00 PM

This is beautiful. I like how you did the raised panels… gave the piece lots of character. You did a very nice job on your armoire.


-- Robin Renee'

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