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Project by Todd A. Clippinger posted 03-11-2007 06:20 AM 3654 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This set of modern furniture was built to go along with the original coffee table that I did.

This set of five pieces is designed with the same floating panel. The corner unit has the top floating off of it because I turned the back into a display case. It was going to be too large if I didn’t break it up. Here you see all the pieces pushed together in my shop. Chairs and couches are intended to go between the pieces. I regret not getting good finish photos.

I have a vacuum press from Vacupress Systems and use Unibond 800 for my veneer work. These pieces I had to veneer myself. The original was made from the cache of curly maple plywood I purchased as part of the entertainment center project.

I want to clue the rest of you guys into something important; inset doors and drawers are technically very challenging to get right. There is no margin for error and everything shows. Buy fully adjustable hardware and charge more for labor or you will lose your shirt. The simple looks are deceptive.

The final photo shows the curved work in progress.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 03-11-2007 06:43 AM

Making something appear simple is very challenging indeed. It’s easy to disguise or distract with trim, detail or highly figured woods.

Someday I’ll be making inset doors and drawers for my kitchen… but I intend to practice on many other projects and get some more experience under my belt first. Besides, I refinished the kitchen (to the best of my ability at the time) when we moved in, and until I wrap up everything else I’ve started (and everything else that will be cropping up by surprise or design) there’s no way she’ll let me have at the kitchen. Even though it is technically MY space.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#2 posted 03-11-2007 07:19 AM

I’ve spent days fudging inset doors.

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#3 posted 03-11-2007 11:14 AM

Insert drawers – yes, they are very challenging. I’ve made a couple of small boxes with insert drawers and they take a lot of time to get just right.

These a are very nice pieces, Todd. I think must go exceptionally well with entertainment unit come coffee table.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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Martin Sojka

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#4 posted 03-11-2007 01:36 PM

wow. I love this, Todd. I like modern simple designs and this is just elegant.

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#5 posted 03-11-2007 02:33 PM

Most contractors have a model home to help them sell others. With this client, you have a model home in that a person can visit this home and see the great ability you have to build pieces that compliment each other. Your business can only increase dramatically with this kind of woodworking. Congradulations on such delightful creations.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 07-21-2011 10:40 AM

Slick, slender design – Beautiful :-)

-- If people concentrated on the really important stuff in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing rods.

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