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    The primary function of this piece started out as a deluxe hamper, but I suppose it is more than that. A hamper sounds so pedestrian. This is my design. The top is ambrosia maple, attached to the sides with long tenons fitting in dadoes in the sides. The back peg (maple) on each side goes into the top to fix it in place. The other three on each side are purely decorative. The panel insets on each side are also ambrosia maple. The frame and backsplash are walnut. Set into the backsplash is a decorative ceramic tile called a listello. The drawer fronts are cut from a single maple plank from a tree that was harvested from my property. The door inserts are half-lap lattice panels of maple also from my property. In the center are two movable shelves with a walnut leader with ambrosia maple in the back, and there is a similar shelf behind the left door. Obviously the right side is designed to visually mimic the left, but the drawer and door are combined to pull out together and hold the hamper, which was purchased from The Container Store. The little clips holding it in are designed to flex out when you pull the hamper up and out. Not very visible in the pictures, but visible when in front of the hamper, is the manufactured cork flooring I used for the bottom shelf. I strongly recommend something of this type, as it is prefinished and looks striking. The entire piece is finished in precatalyzed laquer without any stain or coloring. I didn't think any was necessary (the top two pictures are lacking color intensity).
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    Let me be the first to say that you really nailed that one. Everything fits ... choice of wood, hardware, and insert. Pat yourself on the back for creating a great design. Thanks for sharing.

    - Lonnie
    OLD STUFF ... houses, furniture, cars, wine ... I love it all

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    • #3
      You know you make some of us look bad, don't you? Great work.
      In my old age I look back and realize how lucky I was to live in a time when common sense was common.
      Dennis

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      • #4
        Great design - perfectly executed
        Downunder ... 1" = 25.4mm

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        • #5
          That is beautiful! Love the combination of woods.
          Don, aka Pappy,

          Wise men talk because they have something to say,
          Fools because they have to say something.
          Plato

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          • #6
            A very unique piece...well done. I like the design and choice of materials. You're right...it needs no stain.

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            • #7
              Wow! I'm am in awe of your talents. That is quite an impressive piece of furniture. Is this your own design or did you modify an existing plan? Also, being in a bathroom, will the moisture affect the woods used in any way?
              Trent - Looking for a NYC electrician for a remodel.

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              • #8
                Trent,

                The overall design is mine, although when I see elements in other furniture pieces that I like, I will take these elements and combine them into something new. Wood Magazine had an entertainment center last year that used the lattice panels on the doors, and that really is where that came from in my hamper. The top is somewhat patterned after antique dry sinks I have seen several times before. In terms of the moisture exposure in a bathroom, I am not too concerned. The piece was built with wood movement in mind, and it was assembled in an unconditioned space during a very wet spring and summer. So it has already seen fairly high humidity. It might actually do better because a bathroom may have a more consistent moisture level over the seasons than other rooms in a house.

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                • #9
                  Ok, that's it, I quite. I'll never be that good
                  -Justin


                  shepardwoodworking.webs.com


                  ...you can thank me later.

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                  • #10
                    That is a really nice piece, great work!
                    I think in straight lines, but dream in curves

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                    • #11
                      That turned out great. I made a project of similar appearance for a friend a few years back, but I didn't take any pictures. It was custom fit for a small convection oven for his camper. If you take the mid section out and brought the doors together you would have the basic idea of what it looked like. The materials you chose are very complimentary. It handsom and functional. You should be proud!!!
                      I think therefore I .....awwww where is that remote.

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                      • #12
                        It appears to be more then that, it appears to be a baby changing table, minus the mat. (Freudian slip in the shop?)
                        She couldn't tell the difference between the escape pod, and the bathroom. We had to go back for her.........................Twice.

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                        • #13
                          Absolutely Fantastic. Great job.

                          The last thing I made was a 1 foot plywood carpeted cube so the 16 yr. old arthritic cat could get in and out of our bed easier. Of course, she doesn't use it.
                          Rand
                          "If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like your thumb."

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                          • #14
                            Very nice work. Great attention to detail. I especially like the decorative cutouts you did for sliding bin holders.

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                            • #15
                              Nice work! I really like the design!
                              Turaj (in Toronto)
                              "When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading!" Henny Youngman

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