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This past summer was the "Summer of Armoires". 4 pieces commissioned by the same client. This particular piece is made from wenge with maple accents. The design was something the client found in a South African furniture catalog. It proved to be a very interesting project. Working with that much wenge was no fun at all, but the final product made it worth it. Oh and cutting sheet steel was no picnic either!

This unit is definitely NOT everyone's cup of tea. But as a furniture builder, sometimes you need to remove your own opinion from the equation. So I cant say that I dont "like" the piece. But I can say you would never see it in my house. :)

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I hear you! I can appreciate the talent and craftsmanship that went into this and the sideboard. Not my cup of tea stylewise either, but that comes with the territiry of being a professional. Great job!
 

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Not my style either but great work! Looks like a busy summer.
 

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I like it a lot actually, although I'd have gone with a silver/white gold leaf instead of the steel. Neat though.
 

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A very interesting Armoire. How thick was the steel?
 

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Very good work! Looks very clean and precise.
 

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The steel was abotu 1/16" but acted more like 1/8" due to the texture. No fun.
 

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Great project. Looks like a futuristic ice box.
 

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Interesting piece - Is that all solid wenge? Is wenge brittle? OR - what are its qualities?

Also, how is it constructed? Looks like post and panel, but I can't tell for sure…
 

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I've built some ugly stuff…just to deliver it and realize yep the customer was right. The setting makes all the difference. I've also had some of my best work placed in furniture stores in such a way to make it look pretty bad. That is a pretty cool project. Interesting doors!
 

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Great project, especially when the doors are open.
 

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and then those small drawers (?) at the bottom. Very nice.
It is beautiful work, whether you like the style or not….
 

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3 photos brother - 3! Close up of drawers or doors, something.

I like this style. I am influenced by everything but lean toward a modern style.

You do have to administer some diplomacy with the customers sometimes when it come to voicing opinions on style.

Looks like pretty tight work.
 

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Marc,
At first impression my thought was,"refridgerator" but that is some wonderful work in the interior. I really like the way the drawers turned out. Some times we do what the customer wants and grow and learn from the experience. It is absolutley professional work.
 

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Great Job! I hope these Wenge projects DEPLETED your supply…since it was so bothersome to you…don't use the scraps when you barbecue…LOL!!

Keep it up!
 

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Can I have some tea, I likey.
Understand its for a customer, but if I would remake only thing I would change would be the shape to follow the golden rule. Make it more pleasing to the eye and less refrigerator looking like thos angle mentioned.

great work
 

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Yeah the customer was very specific about the size requirements, so I had no role in that aspect of the project. That being said, the more furniture I build, the less need/desire I have to follow the Golden Ratio. Haven't figured it out just yet but it is clearly something I am going into as part of my journey as a woodworker. As me again in 2 years and I might give you a different answer. :)
 

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If that steel were brass or copper instead, I think I'd be on board. Never the less it looks like a great piece.

I imagine many of us have to appease clients by producing work contrary to our taste. Worse than that though is a quality compromise…when clients want something really low quality and cheap.

Thanks for sharing
 
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