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My mother in law convinced my wife that it was time for me to make her a tall storage cabinet for the bathroom. Her taste is eclectic, so I started with the concept of using different types of figured maple to different effect to really jazz up a normal frame and panel cabinet. I got two really bizzarely figured boards that look as if someone splattered coffee all over them, (almost the look of a spotted cow) and decided to make that the frames of the doors and carcase. Panels are curly maple on the lower doors and cabinet sides, and really nice AAAAA quilted western maple on the upper door as you can see from the third photo. I used a technique from FWW where a luthier stains the maple black with waterbased dye, sands off the black until it only accentuates the figure, and then go over it with the color of your choice. "Trifern" does this better than anyone I've seen and has a ton of photos here on LJ's. This is GF ebony dye stain followed by their empire red. Everything got 5 topcoats of semigloss ArmRSeal since this is in the bathroom right next to the shower with the humidity and all (I left plenty of wiggle room in the panels!). I also made a plywood frame and panel back in order to dress it up a bit and in case it is ever standing away from the wall so the back is visible. It is a frameless cabinet (obviously) and I used the blum cup hinges, which due to the adjustablity, are damn near impossible to mess up. Critique away!

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WOW what colors and contrast, I like it!
 

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Great wood contrast well done
 

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that is one fine looking fancy bathroom cabinet…
 

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Wow, these are really good looking. I love the choice of wood and stain.
 

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i love the red wood--is that the ambrosia? The hardware looks good too…
 
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