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chimney cupboard

comments (4) June 11th, 2009 in Reader's Gallery

studioso studioso, member
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inside is padded and covered w/ velvet
drawer fronts are half-blind dovetails... my first ever!
drawers backs were also dovetailed.



this is my first piece of furniture.

it's a small cupboard that I designed to be used as a jewish "aaron hakodes", or "holy ark". this is a cabinet -usually placed in a sinagogue- in which we store the tora scroll.

A close relative of mine hosts a synagogue in the summer time in his country home, and I offered to build the cupboard for him. it is quite short, under 6Ft, because it has to fit in a niche in the wall. built with maple plywood ( sides) birch ply (the door panel), solid maple (drawers, molding, stiles), and birch (the darker woods).

it is my first furniture piece (before this I built some plywood built ins, and some small projects) and although it is far from perfect and not really outstanding, I'm quite proud of it!

all joints are mortise and tenons, the drawers are jointed with my first ever dovetails and half-blind dovetails.

the inside is padded and covered in velvet, as it protects the tora scroll. (right now there are some books there, I think my wife just stuck them there while cleaning up!)

the design was much inspired by an article in pop. Woodworking which aappeared about a year ago. (was front cover as well).

comments welcome!


posted in: Reader's Gallery, cabinet, maple, tenons, frame and panel, cupboard, dovetail, tenon, birch, mortise, kodesh, crown molding, chimney, closet, padding, velvet, half-blind, aaron

Comments (4)

coonsy coonsy writes: Congratulations! I especially like the religios significance you placed on your work. If we pay for our work in the currency of our life's time it will always remain precious. I too am interested in this form and the Shaker style chimney cabinet. I intend to build two of them to house the precious little handed down objects that I will hand down to my children. One for each daughter. There is a magic in working with a God made material.
Posted: 7:28 am on March 8th

GoBlu GoBlu writes: Very nice use of wood, and great dovetails. It doesn't look like a first, piece, I agree with slowman.
Posted: 9:18 pm on January 6th

ukmeager ukmeager writes: Nice piece well done GED MEAGER
Posted: 4:46 pm on October 20th

slowman slowman writes: This is realy nice piece, it does not look like a first. I like the clean look and the balance of the parts. great work! keep going!
Posted: 4:21 pm on September 7th

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