Curly Maple Laundry Room Cabinets

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Project by RogerM posted 03-12-2012 08:18 PM 5134 views 6 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The “boss” said that the renovated laundry room needed curly maple cabinets. Sooooo!

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#1 posted 03-12-2012 08:25 PM

Wow what good looking cabinets. But if that was my wife I would make her stay in laundry room and enjoy the beauty sunup to sundown then she could fix dinner hahah

-- Grandpaj

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#2 posted 03-12-2012 09:06 PM

Wrong approach. A more effective approach is to make it so nice that she won’t want to come out.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#3 posted 03-12-2012 10:10 PM

Wow, cabinets that pretty should be in an art gallery, not a laundry room. You had some beautiful wood to work with!

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#4 posted 03-12-2012 10:34 PM

Wow I love Curly Maple, it’s beautiful, I hope those don’t get hidden behind a door too often. what kind of wood did you use for the cabinet and shelf bottoms? that hardware is pretty sweet too, it looks original.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#5 posted 03-12-2012 11:41 PM

Wow that is really impressive – nicer than most kitchens!

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 03-12-2012 11:45 PM

Steve, I was able to find 3/4 maple plywood at the local Home Depot. They had it in the rack as Birch but it was clearly maple and indicated as such on some of the edges. Really lucked out on this deal. I used this for the cabinet carcasses and the shelving putting a face of thin curly maple on the edges of the shelves. The hinges are known as rat tail hinges and were obtained from Nathan”s Forge in Pennsylvania I think.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#7 posted 03-12-2012 11:54 PM

Holy crap. I love it. Those are beautiful. A really nice job.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#8 posted 03-13-2012 12:49 AM

Really appreciate the off-handed compliment dav. Thanks for looking and your interest.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#9 posted 03-13-2012 01:29 AM

Beautiful Cabinetry, that may be the most Curly Maple I’ve ever seen in one project, and more than we have available at our Hardwood Lumber Yard at any one time.
Very fine fit and finish.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#10 posted 03-13-2012 04:31 AM

It sounds like you have a great boss with good taste!

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#11 posted 03-13-2012 07:56 AM

Winner across the board. I like how the theme finished off the top of your appliances.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#12 posted 03-13-2012 12:01 PM

Andy – Indeed I do have a great boss. Among other things, she is a very proficient knitter and her knitting studio is on the second floor of my shop. Thanks for looking and your interest.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#13 posted 03-13-2012 12:03 PM

John – The boss talked me out of a plywood top over the appliances. Guess the boss was right this time. Thanks for looking and the compliment.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#14 posted 03-13-2012 01:43 PM

Wow Great job Roger. What did you finish the cabinits with and did you have alot of tearout with the curly maple? Jerry

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#15 posted 03-13-2012 02:28 PM

Jerry – First on the tearout. In starting this project I quickly noticed that there was some significant tearout when using the joiner, the planer and the router. A significant issue when you are starting with 4/4 rough sawn lumber. To counter this, I resawed almost all pieces with a Ricon 14” Deluxe Bandsaw (Timberwolf and Woodslicer blades) then sanded all pieces on down to 3/4” – 5/8” with a Shop Fox dual drum sander which I am so fortunate to have. The raised panels were done on a Delta Unisaw using a Forest Woodworker II blade which eliminated all tearout. The corners of the doors were mitered so I didn’t have to use rail and stile bits. Another decision made to avoid tearout. The finish is a multistep process which I have come up with based on a lot of trial and error. First sand the stock to 180 grit sandpaper. I use a random orbit sander and a Porter Cable multi tool for the raised panels. Wet the stock with water then sand again when dry. To get the curl to come through on curly maple you have to use a dye. I use Moser’s water soluable dye (it is a powder that you can get from Bartley’s Furniture Kits website). I mix this using two cups of water to 3/4 teaspoon of dye powder. After this dries lightly sand with slowed down random orbit sander (400 grit) then put on a second coat and sand again (400 grit). Follow this with a coat of boiled linseed oil diluted with equal parts of mineral spirits (I use a rag for this). Let this coat dry at least 24 hours then put on a coat of Seal Coat diluted with equal parts of alcohol (I use a chip brush for this). After this dries rub down with 00 steel wool or use the random orbit sander using 600 grit (you can get this from Klingspors). Follow this coat with successive coats of polyurethane diluted with equal parts of mineral spirits (I rag this on until I get the sheen that I want). The cabinets have three coats. Finally, lightly sand the final coat with a slowed down random orbit sander with 1000 grit (Klingspor’s again). Rub down the entire surface with Minwax Finishing wax applied with 0000 steel wool and buff. Rather lengthy but hope this helps.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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